Exodus 16:31
New International Version
The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.

New Living Translation
The Israelites called the food manna. It was white like coriander seed, and it tasted like honey wafers.

English Standard Version
Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

Berean Study Bible
Now the house of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.

New American Standard Bible
The house of Israel named it manna, and it was like coriander seed, white, and its taste was like wafers with honey.

King James Bible
And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

Christian Standard Bible
The house of Israel named the substance manna. It resembled coriander seed, was white, and tasted like wafers made with honey.

Contemporary English Version
The Israelites called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and delicious as wafers made with honey.

Good News Translation
The people of Israel called the food manna. It was like a small white seed, and tasted like thin cakes made with honey.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The house of Israel named the substance manna. It resembled coriander seed, was white, and tasted like wafers made with honey.

International Standard Version
The Israelis named it "manna". It was white like coriander seed, and tasted like a wafer made with honey.

NET Bible
The house of Israel called its name "manna." It was like coriander seed and was white, and it tasted like wafers with honey.

New Heart English Bible
The house of Israel called its name Manna, and it was like coriander seed, white; and its taste was like wafers with honey.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Israelites called the food [manna]. It was like coriander seeds. It was white and tasted like wafers made with honey.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna; and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

New American Standard 1977
And the house of Israel named it manna, and it was like coriander seed, white; and its taste was like wafers with honey.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the house of Israel called its name Manna; and it was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

King James 2000 Bible
And the house of Israel called the name of it Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

American King James Version
And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

American Standard Version
And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the children of Israel called the name of it Man; and it was as white coriander seed, and the taste of it as a wafer with honey.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed white, and the taste thereof like to flour with honey.

Darby Bible Translation
And the house of Israel called its name Manna; and it was like coriander-seed, white; and the taste of it was like cake with honey.

English Revised Version
And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the house of Israel called its name Manna: and it was like coriander-seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

World English Bible
The house of Israel called its name Manna, and it was like coriander seed, white; and its taste was like wafers with honey.

Young's Literal Translation
and the house of Israel call its name Manna, and it is as coriander seed, white; and its taste is as a cake with honey.
Study Bible
The Sabbath Observed
30So the people rested on the seventh day. 31Now the house of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey. 32Moses said, “This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Keep an omer of manna for the generations to come, so that they may see the bread I fed you in the wilderness when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’”…
Cross References
Exodus 16:14
When the layer of dew had evaporated, there were thin flakes on the desert floor, as fine as frost on the ground.

Exodus 16:30
So the people rested on the seventh day.

Exodus 16:32
Moses said, "This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Keep an omer of manna for the generations to come, so that they may see the bread I fed you in the wilderness when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.'"

Numbers 11:7
Now the manna resembled coriander seed, and its appearance was like that of gum resin.

Deuteronomy 8:3
He humbled you, and in your hunger gave you manna to eat, which neither you nor your fathers had known, so that you might understand that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 8:16
He fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers had not known, in order to humble you and test you, so that in the end He might cause you to prosper.

Treasury of Scripture

And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

called the name.

Exodus 16:15
And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.

Numbers 11:6,7
But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes…

Song of Solomon 2:3
As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.







Lexicon
Now the house
בֵֽית־ (ḇêṯ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

of Israel
יִשְׂרָאֵ֛ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

called
וַיִּקְרְא֧וּ (way·yiq·rə·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7121: To call, proclaim, read

the bread manna.
מָ֑ן (mān)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4478: Manna (a kind of bread)

It
וְה֗וּא (wə·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

was white
לָבָ֔ן (lā·ḇān)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3836: White

like coriander
גַּד֙ (gaḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1407: Coriander seed

seed
כְּזֶ֤רַע (kə·ze·ra‘)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2233: Seed, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity

and tasted
וְטַעְמ֖וֹ (wə·ṭa‘·mōw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2940: A taste, perception, intelligence, a mandate

like wafers
כְּצַפִּיחִ֥ת (kə·ṣap·pî·ḥiṯ)
Preposition-k | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6838: A flat cake, wafer

made with honey.
בִּדְבָֽשׁ׃ (biḏ·ḇāš)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1706: Honey, syrup
(31) Manna.--Rather, man. (See Note on Exodus 16:15.) "Manna" is a Greek form, first used by the LXX. translator of Numbers (Exodus 11:6-7; Exodus 11:9).

It was like coriander seed.--The appearance of the manna is compared above to hoar frost (Exodus 16:14); here, and in Numbers 11:7, to coriander seed. The former account describes its look as it lay on the ground, the latter its appearance after it was collected and brought in. The coriander seed is "a small round grain, of a whitish or yellowish grey." In Numbers it is further said that the colour was that of bdellium, which is a whitish resin.

The taste of it was like wafers made with honey.--In Numbers the taste is compared to that of fresh oil (Numbers 11:8). The wafers or cakes used by the Egyptians, Greeks, and other ancient nations as offerings, were ordinarily composed of fine wheaten flour, oil, and honey. According to a Jewish tradition which finds a place in the Book of Wisdom (Exodus 16:20-21), the taste of the manna varied according to the wish of the eater, and "tempered itself to every man's liking."

Verses 31-36. - THE APPEARANCE OF THE MANNA, ITS CONTINUANCE, AND ITS DEPOSITION IN THE TABERNACLE. - In bringing the subject of the manna to a conclusion, the writer adds a few words.

1. On its appearance;

2. On its deposition by divine command in the Ark of the Covenant; and

3. On its continuance during the forty years of the wanderings.

It is evident that verses 32-34 cannot have been written until after the sojourn in Sinai, and the command to make a tabernacle (ch. 26.): as also that verse 35 cannot have been written till the arrival of the Israelites at the verge of the land of Canaan. But there is nothing in the passage that militates against the Mosaic authorship of the whole. Verse 31. - The house of Israel. This expression is unusual, and is not admitted by the Septuagint, the Syriac, or the Arabic versions, which all have "the children of Israel." Several Hebrew MSS. have bent, "sons," instead of beyth "house." Manna. Literally, as in the Septuagint, man - the word used when they first beheld the substance (verse 15), and probably meaning "a gift.:' The elongated form manna, first appears in the Sept. rendering of Numbers 11:6, 7. It was like coriander seed. This is "a small round grain of a whitish or yellowish grey." The comparison is made again in Numbers 11:7, where it is added that the colour was that of bdellium - either the gum so called, or possibly the pearl. The taste of it was like wafers made with honey. Such wafers or cakes were constantly used as offerings by the Egyptians, Greeks, and other nations. They were ordinarily compounded of meal, oil, and honey. Hence we can reconcile with the present passage the statement in Numbers 11:8, that "the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil." 16:22-31 Here is mention of a seventh-day sabbath. It was known, not only before the giving of the law upon mount Sinai, but before the bringing of Israel out of Egypt, even from the beginning, Ge 2:3. The setting apart one day in seven for holy work, and, in order to that, for holy rest, was ever since God created man upon the earth, and is the most ancient of the Divine laws. Appointing them to rest on the seventh day, he took care that they should be no losers by it; and none ever will be losers by serving God. On that day they were to fetch in enough for two days, and to make it ready. This directs us to contrive family affairs, so that they may hinder us as little as possible in the work of the sabbath. Works of necessity are to be done on that day; but it is desirable to have as little as may be to do, that we may apply ourselves the more closely to prepare for the life that is to come. When they kept manna against a command, it stank; when they kept it by a command, it was sweet and good; every thing is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. On the seventh day God did not send the manna, therefore they must not expect it, nor go out to gather. This showed that it was produced by miracle.
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