Psalm 78:27
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New International Version
He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore.

New Living Translation
He rained down meat as thick as dust--birds as plentiful as the sand on the seashore!

English Standard Version
he rained meat on them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas;

New American Standard Bible
When He rained meat upon them like the dust, Even winged fowl like the sand of the seas,

King James Bible
He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:

Christian Standard Bible
He rained meat on them like dust, and winged birds like the sand of the seas.

Contemporary English Version
and it brought birds that covered the ground, like sand on the beach.

Good News Translation
and to his people he sent down birds, as many as the grains of sand on the shore;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He rained meat on them like dust, and winged birds like the sand of the seas.

International Standard Version
He caused meat to rain on them like dust and winged birds as the sand of the sea.

NET Bible
He rained down meat on them like dust, birds as numerous as the sand on the seashores.

New Heart English Bible
He rained also flesh on them as the dust; winged birds as the sand of the seas.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He sent flesh down for them like dust, and birds of the wing like the sand of the sea

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like the sand on the seashore.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He caused flesh also to rain upon them as the dust, And winged fowl as the sand of the seas;

New American Standard 1977
When He rained meat upon them like the dust, Even winged fowl like the sand of the seas,

Jubilee Bible 2000
He rained flesh also upon them as dust and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:

King James 2000 Bible
He rained meat also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls as the sand of the sea:

American King James Version
He rained flesh also on them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:

American Standard Version
He rained flesh also upon them as the dust, And winged birds as the sand of the seas:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he rained upon them flesh as dust: and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea.

Darby Bible Translation
And he rained flesh upon them as dust, and feathered fowl as the sand of the seas,

English Revised Version
He rained flesh also upon them as the dust, and winged fowl as the sand of the seas:

Webster's Bible Translation
He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:

World English Bible
He rained also flesh on them as the dust; winged birds as the sand of the seas.

Young's Literal Translation
And He raineth on them flesh as dust, And as sand of the seas -- winged fowl,
Study Bible
I will Open My Mouth in Parables
26He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens And by His power He directed the south wind. 27When He rained meat upon them like the dust, Even winged fowl like the sand of the seas, 28Then He let them fall in the midst of their camp, Round about their dwellings.…
Cross References
Exodus 16:13
So it came about at evening that the quails came up and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.

Psalm 78:28
Then He let them fall in the midst of their camp, Round about their dwellings.

Psalm 105:40
They asked, and He brought quail, And satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
Treasury of Scripture

He rained flesh also on them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:

he rained

Exodus 16:12,13 I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak to them, …

Numbers 11:18,19,32 And say you to the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, …

feathered fowls. Heb. fowl of wing

(27) No doubt there is poetical hyperbole here, but for the enormous numbers of quails that are now caught, see the article quoted above.

Verse 27. - He rained flesh also upon them. With the expression, "rained flesh," comp. Exodus 16:4, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven;" and see also Genesis 19:24 and Exodus 9:23. As dust; i.e. "as thick as dust" (Prayer book Version). The quails lay "as it were two cubits high" for the distance of a day's journey round about each encampment (see Numbers 11:31). And feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea. The commonest image of multiplicity (Genesis 22:17; Deuteronomy 33:19; Joshua 11:4; Judges 7:12, etc.). He rained flesh also upon them as dust,.... By "flesh" is meant fowl, as the following clause shows; for there is flesh of birds, as well as of other creatures, see 1 Corinthians 15:39 and the quails which are here meant may be very fitly called flesh, since they are, for their size, a very plump, fat, and fleshy bird:

and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea; or "fowl of wing" (h): winged fowls, so the Targum; fowl that flies; and therefore it was the more remarkable that these should be rained and fall, and be taken by the Israelites; and which fell in great numbers, as is signified by these phrases, the dust and the sand of the sea; for there fell enough to feed six hundred thousand men, beside women and children, for a month together; they lay in heaps, two cubits high, on one another, and everyone that gathered them brought in ten homers; see Numbers 11:19, which is the history referred to; and quails are used to fly together in large bodies; and sometimes, as Pliny (i) relates, will light on ships at sea, and sink them with their numbers. Some think one sort of locusts is meant, which were used for food, and was very delicious food; and the circumstances of bringing them with an east or southeast wind, their falling in heaps, and being gathered in bushels, and spread about to be dried in the sun, seem to favour such a sense; See Gill on Numbers 11:19; see Gill on Numbers 11:20; see Gill on Numbers 11:21; see Gill on Numbers 11:31; see Gill on Numbers 11:32. The ancients interpret this mystically of the flesh of Christ, whose flesh is meat indeed, delicious food for faith, as the quails were a rich food; and as they were rained down from heaven, so Christ is the bread of life which came down from heaven, and the bread he gave for the life of the world was his flesh: and as these came up, however the first quails, in the evening, Exodus 16:13, so Christ came in the flesh, in the evening or end of the world, to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself; to which may be added, that these creatures sit upon their young, and cherish and protect them, as an hen her chickens (k) with which compare Matthew 23:37, but seeing the quails are never called spiritual meat, as the manna is, 1 Corinthians 10:3, but were given in wrath and judgment, they are rather an emblem of riches, or worldly goods, things given to carnal men; these are of God, as the quails were, and are by some persons enjoyed without care or trouble, as these were; their meat, as it is sometimes said, falls into their mouth, as these quails did into the mouths of the Israelites, as it were; and are in wrath, their blessings are cursed to them, and, while they have a great affluence of worldly things, have leanness in their souls, as the Israelites now had, Psalm 106:15, moreover, as these were feathered or winged fowl, so riches have wings, and sometimes flee away, and are very uncertain things to trust to, Proverbs 23:5.

(h) "volucres alatas", Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius. (i) Hist. l. 10. c. 23. (k) Arist. de Hist. Animal. l. 9. c. 8. 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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