The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, â€˜If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.â€™
Then the Lord said to Moses, â€˜I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. â€˜I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, â€œAt twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.â€ â€™
In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, â€˜What is it?â€™ For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, â€˜It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.