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And the cloud of the Lord was upon them by day, when they went out of the camp.

And it came to pass when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered : and let them that hate thee, flee before thee.

And when it rested, he said, Return, O Lord, unto the many

thousands of Israel.

ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS.

At the first institution of the Passover, the Israelites ate it in great haste in the land of Egypt; but in the wil. derness they were able to celebrate it with more composure of mind, and had time to explain to their children the origin of this institution. Surely, when they reflected what a wonderful year the last had been to them, how miraculeusly they had been assisted and delivered from dangers, they must have entertained the most exalted sentiments of the goodness of God! How careful was God of His people! who, if left to themselves, would certainly have gone astray: nor are Chris.. tians less indebted to God's PROVIDENCE, which protects them from numberless dangers and distresses. We should therefore studiously endeavour to avail ourselves of His Holy Wars, which will afford as clear light to our minds in the way to Heaven, as the pillar of fire did to the eyes of the Israelites in their journey towards the land of Canaan.

By offering up prayers at the removing and resting of the Ark, Moses has set an example to governors to implore the blessing and guidance of Heaven in all in. portant undertakings.

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SECTION

VOL. II.

SECTION XI.

THE BURNING AT TABERAH-MURMURINGS AGAINST

MOSES-MANNA LOATHED.

From Numbers, Chap. xi. And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD; and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of

the camp.

And the people cried unto Moses ; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched.

And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the Lord burnt among them.

And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:

But now our soul is dried away; and there is nothing at all, besides this manna before our eyes.

And the manna was as coriander-seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.

And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil. And when the dew fell

upon

the
camp

in the night, the manna fell

upon

it. Thén Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.

And

And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that ihou layest the burden of all this people upon me? Are all these people my children, that thou shouldest say un'o me, Carry them in thy bosom (as a nursing father be reth the sucking child) unto the land which thou swar

fost unto their fathers?

Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people for they weep unto me, saying, Give us desh, that we may eat.

I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.

And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.

And I will come down and talk with thee there ; and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and

it

upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyelf alone.

And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to-morrow, and ye shall eat flesh (for you have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt) therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye

will put

shall eat.

Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days neither ten days, nor twenty days; but even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be

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loathsome

loathsome unto you: because that you have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came ye forth out of Egypt?

And Moses said, The people amongst whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.

Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?

And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD's hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether

my

word shall come to pass unto thee, or not.

And Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.

And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and

gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass that when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad : and the spirit rested upon them and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle, and they prophesied in the camp.

And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.

And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my

sake? Would to God that all the Lord's people were pro

phets,

phets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them.

And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it, were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high, upon the face of the earth.

And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails ; he that gathered least, gathered ten homers; and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.

And while the fiesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.

And he called the name of that place, Kibrothhattaavah; because there they buried the people that Justed.

And the people journeyed from Kibroth-hattaavah unto Hazeroth; and abode at Hazeroth.

ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS.

Though we are told that the Israelites did eat manna for forty years, there is no reason to suppose, that they were confined entirely to that kind of food; on the contrary, it appears, that they were allowed by their law, nay required, to eat a part of the beasts which were offered in sacrifices, with this restriction, that they D3

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