Psalm 78:19
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New International Version
They spoke against God; they said, "Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?

New Living Translation
They even spoke against God himself, saying, "God can't give us food in the wilderness.

English Standard Version
They spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?

New American Standard Bible
Then they spoke against God; They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

King James Bible
Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They spoke against God, saying," Is God able to provide food in the wilderness?

International Standard Version
They spoke against God by asking, "Is God able to prepare a feast in the desert?

NET Bible
They insulted God, saying, "Is God really able to give us food in the wilderness?

New Heart English Bible
Yes, they spoke against God. They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they complained against God and they said, “Can God arrange tables for us in the wilderness?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They spoke against God by saying, "Can God prepare a banquet in the desert?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, they spoke against God; They said 'Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

New American Standard 1977
Then they spoke against God;
            They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

American King James Version
Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

American Standard Version
Yea, they spake against God; They said, Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they spoke ill of God: they said: Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

Darby Bible Translation
And they spoke against God: they said, Is God able to prepare a table in the wilderness?

English Revised Version
Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

World English Bible
Yes, they spoke against God. They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

Young's Literal Translation
And they speak against God -- they said: 'Is God able to array a table in a wilderness?'
Study Bible
I will Open My Mouth in Parables
18And in their heart they put God to the test By asking food according to their desire. 19Then they spoke against God; They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? 20"Behold, He struck the rock so that waters gushed out, And streams were overflowing; Can He give bread also? Will He provide meat for His people?"…
Cross References
Exodus 16:3
The sons of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the LORD'S hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."

Numbers 11:4
The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, "Who will give us meat to eat?

Numbers 20:3
The people thus contended with Moses and spoke, saying, "If only we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD!

Numbers 21:5
The people spoke against God and Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food."

Psalm 23:5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

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Exodus 16:8-10 And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the …

Numbers 21:5 And the people spoke against God, and against Moses, Why have you …

2 Chronicles 32:19 And they spoke against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods …

Job 34:37 For he adds rebellion to his sin, he clapps his hands among us, and …

Romans 9:20 No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing …

Revelation 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his …

Can God

Numbers 11:4,13 And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the …

furnish. Heb. order

(19, 20) A comparison of these verses with the references in the margin shows how the ancient narratives fared under poetical treatment.

Furnish a table.--Comp. Psalm 23:5, Note

Gushed out.--Comp. Psalm 105:41.

Verse 19. - Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? (see Numbers 11:4). But the psalmist either feels himself at liberty to expand the account given in the Pentateuch, or has a further knowledge of the real feelings of the people, which has come to him by tradition (compare the comment on ver. 12). Yea, they spoke against God,.... Not only thought ill of him, and tempted him in their hearts, but they expressed with their mouths what was in their hearts, and spoke against him, his power, and his providence, in plain words, though he had been so good and gracious to them, and had done such wonderful things for them: they said,

can God furnish a table in the wilderness? these are the words which they spoke against him, and by which they tempted him, questioning his power and his goodness, and expressing their dissatisfaction with their present and daily allowance; they were not content with the manna they had every day, but they wanted to have a table ordered and spread with all kind of dainties. The sense of the question is, can the Lord do this for us? give us a plentiful table in the wilderness, as well as drop the manna about our tents? if he can, why does not he? if he does not, it must be either for want in himself, or want of good will to us; and thus tried and tempted the Lord. 19, 20. in the face of His admitted power.78:9-39. Sin dispirits men, and takes away the heart. Forgetfulness of God's works is the cause of disobedience to his laws. This narrative relates a struggle between God's goodness and man's badness. The Lord hears all our murmurings and distrusts, and is much displeased. Those that will not believe the power of God's mercy, shall feel the fire of his indignation. Those cannot be said to trust in God's salvation as their happiness at last, who can not trust his providence in the way to it. To all that by faith and prayer, ask, seek, and knock, these doors of heaven shall at any time be opened; and our distrust of God is a great aggravation of our sins. He expressed his resentment of their provocation; not in denying what they sinfully lusted after, but in granting it to them. Lust is contented with nothing. Those that indulge their lust, will never be estranged from it. Those hearts are hard indeed, that will neither be melted by the mercies of the Lord, nor broken by his judgments. Those that sin still, must expect to be in trouble still. And the reason why we live with so little comfort, and to so little purpose, is, because we do not live by faith. Under these rebukes they professed repentance, but they were not sincere, for they were not constant. In Israel's history we have a picture of our own hearts and lives. God's patience, and warnings, and mercies, imbolden them to harden their hearts against his word. And the history of kingdoms is much the same. Judgments and mercies have been little attended to, until the measure of their sins has been full. And higher advantages have not kept churches from declining from the commandments of God. Even true believers recollect, that for many a year they abused the kindness of Providence. When they come to heaven, how will they admire the Lord's patience and mercy in bringing them to his kingdom!
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