They tempted God in their hearts *
and required meat for their lust.
They spake against God also, saying *
Shall God prepare a table in the wilderness?
He smote the stony rock indeed, that the waters gushed out, and the streams flowed withal *
but can he give bread also, or provide flesh for his people?
When the Lord heard this, he was wroth *
so the fire was kindled in Jacob, and there came up heavy displeasure against Israel;
Because they believed not in God *
and put not their trust in his help.
So he commanded the clouds above *
and opened the doors of heaven.
He rained down manna also upon them for to eat *
and gave them food from heaven.
So man did eat angels’ food *
for he sent them meat enough.
He caused the east-wind to blow under heaven *
and through his power he brought in the south-west-wind.
He rained flesh upon them as thick as dust *
and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea.
He let it fall among their tents *
even round about their habitation.
So they did eat and were well filled, for he gave them their own desire *
they were not disappointed of their lust.
But while the meat was yet in their mouths, the heavy wrath of God came upon them, and slew the wealthiest of them *
yea, and smote down the chosen men that were in Israel.
But for all this they sinned yet more *
and believed not his wondrous works.
Therefore their days did he consume in vanity *
and their years in trouble.
When he slew them, they sought him *
and turned them early, and inquired after God.
And they remembered that God was their strength *
and that the high God was their redeemer.
Nevertheless, they did but flatter him with their mouth *
and dissembled with him in their tongue.
For their heart was not whole with him *
neither continued they stedfast in his covenant.
But he was so merciful, that he forgave their misdeeds *
and destroyed them not.
Yea, many a time turned he his wrath away *
and would not suffer his whole displeasure to arise.
For he considered that they were but flesh *
and that they were even a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.