NUMBERS 11:20

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT

In this verse, in reponse to complaints about eating manna for food, God tells Moses that the Israelites will eat it "until it come out at your nostrils". It is a humorous way to teach someone not to complain about the food.

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But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the Lord which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?”

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Numbers 11:20 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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But (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
even עַ֣ד׀ As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) even
a whole יָמִ֗ים A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) whole
month, חֹ֣דֶשׁ The new moon; by implication, a month month
until עַ֤ד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) until
it אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc it
come out יֵצֵא֙ To go (causatively, bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proxim come out
at your nostrils, מֵֽאַפְּכֶ֔ם Properly, the nose or nostril; hence, the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire nostrils
and it be וְהָיָ֥ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) and it be
loathsome לְזָרָ֑א Disgust loathsome
unto you: because יַ֗עַן Properly, heed; by implication, purpose (sake or account); used adverbially to indicate the reason or cause because
that כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed that
ye have despised מְאַסְתֶּ֤ם To spurn; also (intransitively) to disappear despised
the Lord יְהוָה֙ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
which אֲשֶׁ֣ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
among בְּקִרְבְּכֶ֔ם Properly, the nearest part, i.e., the center, whether literal, figurative or adverbial (especially with preposition) among
you, and have wept וַתִּבְכּ֤וּ To weep; generally to bemoan wept
before לְפָנָיו֙ The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) before
him, saying, לֵאמֹ֔ר To say (used with great latitude) saying
Why לָ֥מָּה Properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation, what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses Why
came we forth יָצָ֥אנוּ To go (causatively, bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proxim came forth
out of Egypt? מִמִּצְרָֽיִם׃ Mitsrajim, i.e., Upper and Lower Egypt out Egypt

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  • 18  And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the Lord, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the Lord will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.

  • 19  Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;

  • 20  But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the Lord which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?

  • 21  And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.

  • 22  Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?




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