BaMidbar (Numbers) 10:35–11:29
35When the Ark would journey, Moshe said, “Arise, HaShem, and let Your enemies be scattered, let those who hate You flee from before You.” 36And when it rested, he would say, Reside tranquilly, O, HaShem, among the myriad thousands of Yisra’el.”
1The people took to seeking complaints; it was evil in the ears of HaShem, and HaShem heard and His wrath flared, and a fire of HaShem burned against them, and it consumed the edge of the camp. 2The people cried out to Moshe; Moshe prayed to HaShem, and the fire died down. 3He named that place Tav’erah, for the fire of HaShem had burned against them.
4The rabble that was among them cultivated a craving, and the Children of Yisra’el also wept once more, and said, “Who will feed us meat? 5We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt free of charge; the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. 6But now, our life is parched, there is nothing; we have nothing to anticipate but manna!”
7Now the manna was like coriander seed and its color was like the color of the bedolach. 8The people would stroll and gather it, grind it in a mill or pound it in a mortar and cook it in a pot or make it into cakes, and it tasted like the taste of dough kneaded with oil. 9When the dew descended upon camp at night, the manna would descend upon it.
10Moshe heard the people weeping in their family groups, each one at the entrance of his tent, and the wrath of HaShem flared greatly; and in the eyes of Moshe it was bad.
11Moshe said to HaShem, “Why have You done evil to Your servant; why have I not found favor in Your eyes, that You place the burden of this entire people upon me? 12Did I conceive the entire people or did I give birth to it, that You say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a suckling, to the Land that You swore to its forefathers? 13Where shall I get meat to give to the entire people when they weep to me saying, ‘Give us meat that we may eat? 14I alone cannot carry the entire nation, for it is too heavy for me! 15And if this is how You deal with me, then kill me now, if I have found favor in Your eyes, and let me see not my evil.”
16HaShem said to Moshe, “Gather to Me seventy men from the elders of Yisra’el, whom you know to be elders of the people and its officers; take them to the Tent of Meeting and have them stand there with you. 17I will descend and speak with you there, and I will increase some of the spirit that is upon you and place it upon them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, and you shall not bear alone.”
18To the people you shall say, “Prepare yourselves for tomorrow and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the ears of HaShem, saying: Who will feed us meat? for it was better for us in Egypt! So HaShem will give you meat and you will eat. 19Not for one day shall you eat, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days. 20Until an entire month of days, until it comes out of your nose, and becomes nauseating to you, because you have rejected HaShem Who is in your mist, and you have wept before Him, saying: Why did we leave Egypt?”
21Moshe said, “Six hundred thousand footsoldiers are the people in whose midst I am, yet You say I shall give them meat, and they shall eat for a month of days! 22Can sheep and cattle be slaughtered for them and suffice for them? Or if all the fish of the sea will be gathered for them, would it suffice for them?
23HaShem said to Moshe, “Is the hand of HaShem limited? Now you will see whether My word comes to past or not!”
24Moshe left and spoke the words of HaShem to the people: and he gathered seventy men from among the elders of the people and had them stand around the Tent.
25HaShem descended in a cloud and spoke to him, and He increased some of the spirit that was upon him and gave it to the seventy men, the elders; when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, but did not do so again.
26Two men remained behind in the camp, the name of one was El’dad and the name of the second was Medad, and the spirit rested upon them; they had been among the recorded ones, but they had not gone out to the Tent, and they prophesied in the camp. 27The youth ran and told Moshe, and he said, “El’dad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
28Yoshua son of Nun, the servant of Moshe since his youth, spoke up and said, “My lord Moshe, incarcerate them!”
29Moshe said to him, “Are you being zealous for my sake? Would the entire people of HaShem could be prophets, if HaShem would place His spirit upon them!”