They tested God in their hearts *
and demanded food for their craving.
They spoke against God, saying, *
“Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
Indeed, he smote the stony rock, so that water gushed out, and the streams overflowed; *
but can he give bread also, or provide meat for his people?”
When the Lord heard this, he was full of wrath; *
so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and there flared up fierce anger against Israel,
Because they did not believe in God, *
and did not put their trust in his help.
So he commanded the clouds above *
and opened the doors of heaven.
He rained down manna upon them to eat *
and gave them food from heaven.
So mortals ate the bread of angels; *
for he sent them food enough.
He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, *
and through his power he brought in the south wind.
He rained meat upon them as thick as dust *
and feathered fowl like the sand of the sea.
He let it fall among their tents, *
even round about their habitations.
So they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they desired; *
they did not deny themselves their cravings,
But while the food was yet in their mouths, the heavy wrath of God came upon them, and slew the mightiest of them, *
and struck down the young men of Israel.
But for all this they sinned yet more, *
and did not believe his wondrous works.
Therefore he brought their days to an end as a breath *
and their years in trouble.
When he slew them, they sought him, *
and returned, and inquired after God.
And they remembered that God was their rock, *
and the Most High God was their redeemer.
Nevertheless, they flattered him with their mouth *
and spoke deceitfully to him with their tongue.
For their heart was not fixed on him, *
neither did they continue steadfast in his covenant.
But he was so merciful that he forgave their iniquities *
and did not destroy them.
Indeed, many times he turned his wrath away *
and would not permit his displeasure to arise.
For he considered that they were but flesh, *
that they were even as the wind that passes away and comes not again.