Exodus 16-18 Revised Standard Version

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God Gives Manna

16 1  They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. 2  And the whole congregation of the people of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3  and said to them, "Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger." 4  Then the Lord said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law or not. 5  On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily." 6  So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, "At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7  and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your murmurings against the Lord. For what are we, that you murmur against us?" 8  And Moses said, "When the Lord gives you in the evening flesh to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your murmurings which you murmur against him--what are we? Your murmurings are not against us but against the Lord." 9  And Moses said to Aaron, "Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, 'Come near before the Lord, for he has heard your murmurings.'" 10  And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11  And the Lord said to Moses, 12  "I have heard the murmurings of the people of Israel; say to them, 'At twilight you shall eat flesh, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.'"

13  In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning dew lay round about the camp. 14  And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as hoarfrost on the ground. 15  When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, "It is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. 16  This is what the Lord has commanded: 'Gather of it, every man of you, as much as he can eat; you shall take an omer apiece, according to the number of the persons whom each of you has in his tent.'" 17  And the people of Israel did so; they gathered, some more, some less. 18  But when they measured it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; each gathered according to what he could eat. 19  And Moses said to them, "Let no man leave any of it till the morning." 20  But they did not listen to Moses; some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and became foul; and Moses was angry with them. 21  Morning by morning they gathered it, each as much as he could eat; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.

22  On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers apiece; and when all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23  he said to them, "This is what the Lord has commanded: 'Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay by to be kept till the morning.'" 24  So they laid it by till the morning, as Moses bade them; and it did not become foul, and there were no worms in it. 25  Moses said, "Eat it today, for today is a sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26  Six days you shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is a sabbath, there will be none." 27  On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, and they found none. 28  And the Lord said to Moses, "How long do you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws? 29  See! The Lord has given you the sabbath, therefore on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days; remain every man of you in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day." 30  So the people rested on the seventh day. 31  Now the house of Israel called its name manna; it was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

32  And Moses said, "This is what the Lord has commanded: 'Let an omer of it be kept throughout your generations, that they may see the bread with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.'" 33  And Moses said to Aaron, "Take a jar, and put an omer of manna in it, and place it before the Lord, to be kept throughout your generations." 34  As the Lord commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the testimony, to be kept. 35  And the people of Israel ate the manna forty years, till they came to a habitable land; they ate the manna, till they came to the border of the land of Canaan. 36  (An omer is the tenth part of an ephah.)

Water from the Rock

17 1  All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Reph'idim; but there was no water for the people to drink. 2  Therefore the people found fault with Moses, and said, "Give us water to drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do you find fault with me? Why do you put the Lord to the proof?" 3  But the people thirsted there for water, and the people murmured against Moses, and said, "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?" 4  So Moses cried to the Lord, "What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me." 5  And the Lord said to Moses, "Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand the rod with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6  Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7  And he called the name of the place Massah and Mer'ibah, because of the faultfinding of the children of Israel, and because they put the Lord to the proof by saying, "Is the Lord among us or not?"

War with Amalek

8  Then came Am'alek and fought with Israel at Reph'idim. 9  And Moses said to Joshua, "Choose for us men, and go out, fight with Am'alek; tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand." 10  So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Am'alek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11  Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Am'alek prevailed. 12  But Moses' hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat upon it, and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13  And Joshua mowed down Am'alek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14  And the Lord said to Moses, "Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Am'alek from under heaven." 15  And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord is my banner, 16  saying, "A hand upon the banner of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Am'alek from generation to generation."

Jethro Visits Moses

18 1  Jethro, the priest of Mid'ian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel his people, how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2  Now Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, had taken Zippo'rah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her away, 3  and her two sons, of whom the name of the one was Gershom (for he said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land"), 4  and the name of the other, Elie'zer (for he said, "The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh"). 5  And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness where he was encamped at the mountain of God. 6  And when one told Moses, "Lo, your father-in-law Jethro is coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her,"

7  Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and did obeisance and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare, and went into the tent. 8  Then Moses told his father-in-law all that the Lord had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, all the hardship that had come upon them in the way, and how the Lord had delivered them. 9  And Jethro rejoiced for all the good which the Lord had done to Israel, in that he had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. 10  And Jethro said, "Blessed be the Lord, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh. 11  Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods, because he delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians, when they dealt arrogantly with them." 12  And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, offered a burnt offering and sacrifices to God; and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses' father-in-law before God.

The Appointment of Judges

13  On the morrow Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood about Moses from morning till evening. 14  When Moses' father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, "What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand about you from morning till evening?" 15  And Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God; 16  when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between a man and his neighbor, and I make them know the statutes of God and his decisions." 17  Moses' father-in-law said to him, "What you are doing is not good. 18  You and the people with you will wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you; you are not able to perform it alone. 19  Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God, and bring their cases to God; 20  and you shall teach them the statutes and the decisions, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. 21  Moreover choose able men from all the people, such as fear God, men who are trustworthy and who hate a bribe; and place such men over the people as rulers of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. 22  And let them judge the people at all times; every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves; so it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. 23  If you do this, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace." 24  So Moses gave heed to the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. 25  Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. 26  And they judged the people at all times; hard cases they brought to Moses, but any small matter they decided themselves. 27  Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went his way to his own country.

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