New International Version
They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.
King James Bible
And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
Darby Bible Translation
And they tempted God in their heart, by asking meat for their lust;
World English Bible
They tempted God in their heart by asking food according to their desire.
Young's Literal Translation
And they try God in their heart, To ask food for their lust.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
By asking meat for their lust - לנפשם lenaphsham, "for their souls," i.e., for their lives; for they said in their hearts that the light bread, the manna, was not sufficient to sustain their natural force, and preserve their lives. It seems, however, from the expression, that they were wholly carnal; that they had no spirituality of mind; they were earthly, animal, and devilish.
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'That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.'--PSALM lxxviii. 7. In its original application this verse is simply a statement of God's purpose in giving to Israel the Law, and such a history of deliverance. The intention was that all future generations might remember what He had done, and be encouraged by the remembrance to hope in Him for the future; and by both memory and hope, be impelled to the discharge of present duty. So, then, the words …
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We should not test Christ, as some of them did--and were killed by snakes.
So they quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water to drink." Moses replied, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the LORD to the test?"
I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink." So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.
The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, "If only we had meat to eat!
Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you did at Massah.
Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel.
But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes.
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