New International Version
They spoke against God; they said, "Can God really spread 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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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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
furnish. Heb. order
LibraryMemory, Hope, and Effort
'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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The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the LORD's hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death."
The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, "If only we had meat to eat!
They quarreled with Moses and said, "If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the LORD!
they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!"
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
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