Psalm 106:15
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New International Version
So he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them.

New Living Translation
So he gave them what they asked for, but he sent a plague along with it.

English Standard Version
he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them.

New American Standard Bible
So He gave them their request, But sent a wasting disease among them.

King James Bible
And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them.

International Standard Version
God granted them their request, but sent leanness into their lives.

NET Bible
He granted their request, then struck them with a disease.

New Heart English Bible
He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He gave them their requests and sent fulness to their souls.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He gave them what they asked for. He [also] gave them a degenerative disease.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He gave them their request; But sent leanness into their soul.

New American Standard 1977
So He gave them their request,
            But sent a wasting disease among them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.

King James 2000 Bible
And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

American King James Version
And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

American Standard Version
And he gave them their request, But sent leanness into their soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he gave them their request: and sent fulness into their souls.

Darby Bible Translation
Then he gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.

English Revised Version
And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

World English Bible
He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.

Young's Literal Translation
And He giveth to them their request, And sendeth leanness into their soul.
Study Bible
Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is Good
14But craved intensely in the wilderness, And tempted God in the desert. 15So He gave them their request, But sent a wasting disease among them. 16When they became envious of Moses in the camp, And of Aaron, the holy one of the LORD,…
Cross References
Numbers 11:31
Now there went forth a wind from the LORD and it brought quail from the sea, and let them fall beside the camp, about a day's journey on this side and a day's journey on the other side, all around the camp and about two cubits deep on the surface of the ground.

Numbers 11:33
While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD struck the people with a very severe plague.

Psalm 78:29
So they ate and were well filled, And their desire He gave to them.

Isaiah 10:16
Therefore the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will send a wasting disease among his stout warriors; And under his glory a fire will be kindled like a burning flame.

Ezekiel 20:36
"As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you," declares the Lord GOD.
Treasury of Scripture

And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

he gave

Psalm 78:29-31 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire…

Numbers 11:31-34 And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from …

Isaiah 10:16 Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness…

Isaiah 24:16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory …

but sent. They despised the manna, calling it light or innutritive food. God gave them flesh as they desired, but no blessing accompanied it; and, in consequence, they did not fatten, but grew lean upon it; and many surfeited by excess, died of disease. Instead of razon, leanness, however, Bp. Lowth supposes we should read zeraon, nausea or loathing, which appears to be supported by several ancient versions, and by Nu.

(15) Leanness.--The LXX., Vulg., and Syriac read "satiety." As Mr. Burgess points out, by accepting this reading, and giving nephesh its very usual signification of "lust" (comp. Psalm 78:18, where also the word rendered "request" occurs) we get two exact synthetical clauses:--

"And he gave them their request,

And sent satiety for their lust."

Verse 15. - And he gave them their request. By sending the quails (Numbers 11:31, 32). But sent leanness into their soul. By "leanness" is meant dissatisfaction or disgust. After eating freely of the quails for a full month, the food became "loathsome" to them (Numbers 11:20). Whether it actually produced the pestilence which followed (Numbers 11:33). or whether that was a separate and distinct affliction, it is impossible to determine (compare, on the whole subject, Psalm 78:18-31, and the comment ad loc.). And he gave them their request,.... Flesh and feathered fowl in great abundance; see Psalm 78:27. So God sometimes gives to wicked men what they ask for, as much as they can desire, yea, more than heart could wish.

But sent leanness into their soul: or "body"; the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions, read, "he sent fulness into their souls"; he gave them flesh to the full, even to a nausea; they fed too heartily on it, and were surfeited with it; which not being digested brought a repletion, and issued in a consumption; or rather death, immediate death, is meant, as Jarchi, Aben Ezra, Kimchi, and Ben Melech, interpret it; for while the flesh was in their mouths, and they were chewing it between their teeth, the wrath of God came upon them and slew them, Numbers 11:33. It is true in a spiritual sense, that while the bodies of wicked men are fed and pampered, their souls are starved, and at last eternally lost; as the rich man's in the Gospel, who fared sumptuously every day: and worldly professors are very lean ones; such who mind earth and earthly things never thrive in spirituals; and either they soon drop their profession, err from the faith, and turn apostates; or, if they continue, the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word; so that it is unprofitable to them, not being mixed with faith by them; and hence leanness under the best of means: yea, there is sometimes a leanness in the souls of the people of God, when corruptions prevail, the graces of the spirit are low in exercise; when there is a want of a spiritual appetite to the word; and when they fall into bad company, or do not improve conversation with one another in a spiritual way; or are too much taken up, ensnared, and entangled with the things of the world; see Isaiah 24:16. 15. but sent leanness—rather, "and sent," that is, and thus, even in doing so, the punishment was inflicted at the very time their request was granted. So Ps 78:30, "While their meat was yet in their mouths, the wrath of God came upon them."

soul—the animal soul, which craves for food (Nu 11:6; Ps 107:18). This soul got its wish, and with it and in it its own punishment. The place was therefore called Kibroth-hattaavah, "the graves of lust" [Nu 11:34], because there they buried the people who had lusted. Animal desires when gratified mostly give only a hungry craving for more (Jer 2:13).106:13-33 Those that will not wait for God's counsel, shall justly be given up to their own hearts' lusts, to walk in their own counsels. An undue desire, even for lawful things, becomes sinful. God showed his displeasure for this. He filled them with uneasiness of mind, terror of conscience, and self-reproach. Many that fare deliciously every day, and whose bodies are healthful, have leanness in their souls: no love to God, no thankfulness, no appetite for the Bread of life, and then the soul must be lean. Those wretchedly forget themselves, that feast their bodies and starve their souls. Even the true believer will see abundant cause to say, It is of the Lord's mercies that I am not consumed. Often have we set up idols in our hearts, cleaved to some forbidden object; so that if a greater than Moses had not stood to turn away the anger of the Lord, we should have been destroyed. If God dealt severely with Moses for unadvised words, what do those deserve who speak many proud and wicked words? It is just in God to remove those relations that are blessings to us, when we are peevish and provoking to them, and grieve their spirits.
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