16:1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of a Sin, which [is] between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.
(a) This is the eighth place in which they had
camped, there is another place called Zin, which was the 33rd place in which
they camped, and is also called Kadesh, (Numbers
16:3 And the children of Israel
said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of
Egypt, when we sat by the flesh b pots,
[and] when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this
wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
(b) It is a hard thing for the flesh not to
complain against God when the stomach is empty.
16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will
rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain
rate every c day, that I may prove them,
whether they will walk in my law, or no.
(c) To signify that they should patiently depend
on God's providence from day to day.
in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; d
for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what [are] we, that ye
murmur against us?
(d) He did not give them Manna because they
complained, but because of his promise.
16:8 And Moses said, [This shall be], when the LORD
shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the
full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and
what [are] we? your murmurings [are] not against us, but against the e
(e) He that condemns God's ministers, condemns
And when the children of Israel saw [it], they said one to another, It [is] f
manna: for they wist not what it [was]. And Moses said unto them, This [is] the
bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
(f) Which signifies a part, portion, or gift:
also meat prepared.
16:16 This [is] the thing which the LORD hath
commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, g
an omer for every man, [according to] the number of your persons; take ye every
man for [them] which [are] in his tents.
(g) Which contains about half a gallon in our
16:18 And when they did mete
[it] with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered
little had no h lack; they gathered
every man according to his eating.
(h) God richly feeds everyone, and no one can
16:20 Notwithstanding they
hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it
bred worms, and i stank: and Moses was
wroth with them.
(i) No creature is so pure, but being abused it
turns to our destruction.
16:22 And it came to pass,
[that] on the sixth day they gathered k
twice as much bread, two omers for one [man]: and all the rulers of the
congregation came and told Moses.
(k) Which would serve for the Sabbath and the day
And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day [is] a sabbath unto the LORD: to day
ye shall not l find it in the field.
(l) God took away the opportunity for their
labour, to signify how holy he would have the Sabbath kept.
16:27 And it came to pass,
[that] there m went out [some] of the
people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.
(m) Their unfaithfulness was so great, that they
did exactly the opposite of God's commandment.
And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it [was] like n
coriander seed, white; and the taste of it [was] like wafers [made] with honey.
(n) In form and figure, but not in colour; (Numbers
16:33 And Moses said unto
Aaron, Take a o pot, and put an omer
full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your
(o) Of this vessel read (Hebrews
16:34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it
up before the p Testimony, to be kept.
(p) That is, the Ark of the covenant that is,
after the Ark was made.
16:36 Now an omer [is] the
tenth [part] of an q ephah.
(q) Which measure contained about five gallons.