Exodus 16

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27 Some of the people went out anyway to gather food, even though it was the Sabbath day. But there was none to be found.

28 "How long will these people refuse to obey my commands and instructions?" the LORD asked Moses.

29 "Do they not realize that I have given them the seventh day, the Sabbath, as a day of rest? That is why I give you twice as much food on the sixth day, so there will be enough for two days. On the Sabbath day you must stay in your places. Do not pick up food from the ground on that day."

30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

31 In time, the food became known as manna.* It was white like coriander seed, and it tasted like honey cakes.1

32 Then Moses gave them this command from the LORD: "Take two quarts of manna and keep it forever as a treasured memorial of the LORD's provision. By doing this, later generations will be able to see the bread that the LORD provided in the wilderness when he brought you out of Egypt."

33 Moses said to Aaron, "Get a container and put two quarts of manna into it. Then store it in a sacred place* as a reminder for all future generations."2

34 Aaron did this, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. He eventually placed it for safekeeping in the Ark of the Covenant.*3

35 So the people of Israel ate manna for forty years until they arrived in the land of Canaan, where there were crops to eat.

36 (The container used to measure the manna was an omer, which held about two quarts.)*4

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1: Manna means “What is it?” See 16:15.

2: Hebrew before the LORD.

3: Hebrew in front of the Testimony.

4: Hebrew An omer is one tenth of an ephah.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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