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?
Darby Bible Translation
And they spoke against God: they said, Is �God able to prepare 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?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Yea, they spake against God - That is, in the manner which is immediately specified - by calling in question his power, or his ability to provide for them in the wilderness. See Numbers 11:4.
They said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? - In the desert. The word rendered "furnish" is in the margin "order." It means to arrange; to set in order; and here to arrange and provide for, as at a feast. The precise words used by the complaining Hebrews are not quoted here, but the substance of what they said is retained. The idea is, that what they spake was "equivalent" to saying that God could not prepare a table for them; that is, provide for them, in the desert.
Among such sins of the first table is that described in our text. It is consequently one of the masterpieces of iniquity, and we shall do well to purge ourselves of it. It is full of evil to ourselves, and is calculated to dishonor both God and man, therefore let us be in earnest to cut it up both root and branch. I think we have all been guilty of this in our measure; and we are not free from it even to this day. Whether we be saints or sinners, we may stand here and make our humble confession that …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859
"The Sun of Righteousness"
A Jealous God
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."
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?
The people thus contended with Moses and spoke, saying, "If only we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD!
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."
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
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