Numbers chapter 11 Star Chart: Clockwise from when "there went forth a (Milky Way) wind from the (Shekinah) Lord, and brought (lunar) quails from the sea, and let them fall by the (red radius) camp, as it were a day's journey on this (Perseus) side, and as it were a day's journey on the other (Gemini) side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth" (or spread two cubits apart) (or they flew two cubits above the ground)(11:31). And the (Gemini) people stood up all that day (360°), and all that night (360°), and all the next day (360°), and they gathered the (lunar) quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers (25 gallons): and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp (to cure them by drying). And while the (red radius) flesh was yet between their (Drago) (lunar) teeth, ere it was (lunar mouth) chewed, the (solar fiery) wrath of the (Shekinah) Lord was kindled against the (Gemini) people, and the (Shekinah) Lord (red radius) (Perseus-Hercules) smote the (Gemini) people with a very great plague" (11:32-33) is 36 hours later at 30° per hour.
The Unearned Gift of Manna Was Ground,
Beaten, Baked and Unappreciated -- Just Like Our Lord
11:1 And when the (Ophiuchus-Hercules) people (red radius) complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord (lunar ears) heard it; and his (solar) anger was kindled; and the (solar) fire of the (shekinah) Lord burnt among them, and (black zodiac) consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
2 And the (Ophiuchus-Hercules) people cried unto (lunar ears) Moses; and when (Ophiuchus) Moses prayed unto the (Shekinah) Lord, the (solar) fire was quenched.
3 And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the (solar) fire of the (Shekinah) Lord burnt among them.
4 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the (Gemini) children of Israel also (glistening star drops rotating) wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
Thus evil communication corrupts good manners, 1 Corinthians 15:33; and a little leaven leavens the whole lamp, 1 Corinthians 5:6; wicked men prove great snares to, and do much mischief among good men, when they get into their societies, Jeremiah 5:26,
5 We remember the (Cetus) fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the (lunar) onions, and the (lunar) garlick:
6 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this (lunar) manna, before our (lunar eyeballs) eyes.
7 And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.
Not "bdellium", but "bdeloah", and is a precious stone, and, according to Bochart, the pearl; so Ben Melech observes, that it is a precious stone; a round white stone, which they bore and join stones together, and make a chain of, he doubtless means a pearl necklace;
8 And the (Gemini) people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in (lunar) mills, or beat it in a (lunar) mortar, and baked it in (lunar) pans, and made (lunar) cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh (solar) oil.
all which may denote the sufferings of Christ, who was beaten, and bruised, and broken, that he might become fit food for faith, Isaiah 53:4,
9 And when the (lunar) dew fell upon the camp in the night, the (lunar white) manna fell upon it.
10 Then (Ophiuchus) Moses (lunar ears) heard the (Gemini) people (glistening star drops rotating) weep throughout their families, every man in the (red radius) door of his tent: and the (solar) anger of the Lord was kindled greatly; (Ophiuchus) Moses also was displeased.
11 And (Ophiuchus) Moses (red radius) said unto the (Shekinah) Lord, Wherefore hast thou (red radius) afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy (lunar eyeballs) sight, that thou layest the burden of all this (Gemini) people upon me?
12 Have I conceived all this (Gemini) people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child (Serpens), unto the land which thou swarest unto their (Gemini) fathers?
13 Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this (Gemini) people? for they weep unto me, (red radius) saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.
14 I am not able to bear all this people (Serpens) alone, because it is too heavy for me.
15 And if thou deal thus with me, (red radius) kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy (lunar eyeballs) sight; and let me not (lunar eyeballs) see my wretchedness.
16 And the (Shekinah) Lord (red radius) said unto (Ophiuchus) Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the (Gemini) elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the (red radius) tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.
17 And I will come down and (red radius) talk with thee there: and I will take of the (Milky Way) spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the (Serpens) people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.
18 And (red radius) say thou unto the (Gemini) people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have (glistening star tear drops rotate) wept in the (lunar) ears of the (Shekinah) Lord, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the (Shekinah) 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 (lunar) nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the (Shekinah) Lord which is among you, and have (glistening star tear drops rotate) wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?
until it come out at your nostrils; being vomited up, through a nausea of it, the stomach being overfilled and glutted with it; in which case, it will make its way through the nostrils, as well as out of the mouth:
21 And (Ophiuchus) Moses said, The (Gemini) people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast (red radius) said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.
22 Shall the (Aries) flocks and the (Taurus) herds be (Perseus) (red radius) slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the (Cetus) fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?
23 And the (Shekinah) Lord said unto (Ophiuchus) Moses, Is the (Shekinah) Lord's hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
24 And (Ophiuchus) Moses went out, and (red radius) told the (Gemini) people the (red radius) words of the (Shekinah) Lord, and gathered the seventy men of the (Gemini) elders of the people, and set them round about the (red radius) tabernacle.
25 And the (Shekinah) Lord came down in a (Milky Way) cloud, and (red radius) spake unto him, and took of the (Milky Way) spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the (Milky Way) spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
26 But there remained two of the (Gemini) men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad (Castor), and the name of the other Medad (Pollux): and the (Milky Way) spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the (red radius) tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.
27 And there ran a (Perseus) young man, and told (Ophiuchus) Moses, and said, (Castor) Eldad and (Pollux) Medad do prophesy in the camp.
28 And (Hercules) Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of (Ophiuchus) Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord (Ophiuchus) Moses, forbid them.
29 And (Ophiuchus) Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord's people were (Gemini) prophets, and that the (Shekinah) Lord would put his (Milky Way) spirit upon them!
30 And (Ophiuchus) Moses gat him into the camp, he and the (Gemini) elders of Israel.
31 And there went forth a (Milky Way) wind from the (Shekinah) Lord, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.
Quails, in some countries, have been taken in great numbers; in Italy, on the coast of Antium, within a month, in the space of five miles, 100,000 quails were taken every day ( Blond. ltal. Illustrat. p. 314. apud Huet. Alnetan. Quaest. l. 2. c. 12. sect. 17.):
"He also rained meat on them like the dust, feathered fowl like the sand of the seas; and He let them fall in the midst of their camp, all around their dwellings. So they ate and were well filled, for He gave them their own desire. They were not deprived of their craving; but while their food was still in their mouths, the wrath of God came against them, and slew the stoutest of them, and struck down the choice men of Israel" (Psalm 78:27-31)
"They soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tested God in the desert. And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul" (Psalm 106:13-15).
Exodus 16:13 says, "And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host."
At even the quails came - selav, from salah, to be quiet, easy, or secure; and hence the quail, from their remarkably living at ease and plenty among the corn. "An amazing number of these birds," says Hasselquist, Travels, p. 209, "come to Egypt at this time, (March), for in this month the wheat ripens. They conceal themselves among the corn, but the Egyptians know that they are thieves, and when they imagine the field to be full of them they spread a net over the corn and make a noise, by which the birds, being frightened, and endeavoring to rise, are caught in the net in great numbers, and make a most delicate and agreeable dish." The Abb Pluche tells us, in his Histoire du Ciel, that the quail was among the ancient Egyptians the emblem of safety and security. "Several learned men, particularly the famous Ludolf, Bishop Patrick, and Scheuchzer, have supposed that the selavim eaten by the Israelites were locusts. But not to insist on other arguments against this interpretation, they are expressly called sheer, flesh, Psalm 78:27, which surely locusts are not; and the Hebrew word is constantly rendered by the Septuagint ορτυγομητρα, a large kind of quail, and by the Vulgate coturnices, quails. Compare The Wisdom of Solomon 16:2, 19:12; Numbers 11:31, Numbers 11:32; Psalm 105:40; and on Numbers 11 observe that keamathayim should be rendered, not two cubits high, but as Mr. Bate translates it, 'two cubits distant, (i.e., one from the other), for quails do not settle like the locusts one upon another, but at small distances.' And had the quails lain for a day's journey round the camp, to the great height of two cubits, upwards of three feet, the people could not have been employed two days and a night in gathering them. The spreading them round the camp was in order to dry them in the burning sands for use, which is still practiced in Egypt."
The difficulties which encumber the text, supposing these to be quails, led some scholars to imagine them to be locusts. The difficulties are three: "1. Their coming by a wind. 2. Their immense quantities, covering a circle of thirty or forty miles, two cubits thick. 3. Their being spread in the sun for drying, which would have been preposterous had they been quails, for it would have made them corrupt the sooner; but this is the principal way of preparing locusts to keep for a month or more, when they are boiled or otherwise dressed." This difficulty he thinks interpreters pass over, who suppose quails to be intended in the text.
Mr. Harmer takes up the subject, removes the difficulties, and vindicates the common version.
"These difficulties appear pressing, or at least the two last; nevertheless, I have met with several passages in books of travels, which I shall here give an account of, that they may soften them; perhaps my reader may think they do more.
To dry them in the burning sands in order to preserve them for use similar to drying fish in the sun of Egypt. Other authors speak of the Arabs drying camel's flesh in the sun and wind, which, though it be not at all salted, will if kept dry remain good a long while, and which oftentimes, to save themselves the trouble of dressing, they will eat raw. This drying then of flesh in the sun is not so preposterous as imagined.
Their immense quantities also forbid believing they were quails; and in truth he represents this difficulty in all its force, perhaps too forcibly. A circle of forty miles in diameter, all covered with quails to the depth of more than forty-three inches, without doubt is a startling representation of this matter: and I would add that the like quantity of locusts would have been very extraordinary: but then this is not the representation of Scripture; it does not even agree with it; for such a quantity of either quails or locusts would have made the clearing of places for spreading them out, and the passing of Israel up and down in the neighborhood of the camp, very fatiguing, which is not supposed.
"Josephus supposed they were quails, which he says are in greater numbers thereabouts than any other kinds of birds; and that, having crossed the sea to the camp of Israel, they who in common fly nearer the ground than most other birds, flew so low through the fatigue of their passage as to be within reach of the Israelites. This explains what he thought was meant by the two cubits from the face of the earth - their flying within three or four feet of the ground.
"And when I read Dr. Shaw's account of the way in which the Arabs frequently catch birds that they have tired, that is, by running in upon them and knocking them down with their zerwattys, or bludgeons, as we should call them, I think I almost see the Israelites before me pursuing the poor, fatigued, and languid quails.
"Bishop Patrick supposes a day's journey to be sixteen or twenty miles, and thence draws his circle with a radius of that length; but Dr. Shaw, on another occasion, makes a day's journey but ten miles, which would make a circle but of twenty miles in diameter: and as the text evidently designs to express it very indeterminately, as it were a day's journey, it might be much less.
"But it does not appear to me at all necessary to suppose the text intended their covering a circular or nearly a circular spot of ground, but only that these creatures appeared on both sides of the camp of Israel, about a day's journey. The same word is used Exodus 7:24, where round about can mean only on each side of the Nile.
So large a quantity as ten omers is only affirmed of those expert sportsmen among the people, who pursued the game two whole days and a whole night without intermission; and of them, and of them only, I presume it is to be understood that he that gathered fewest gathered ten omers. A red partridge may be the bird intended.
32 And the (Gemini) people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
33 And while the (red radius) flesh was yet between their (Drago) (lunar) teeth, ere it was chewed, the (solar) wrath of the (Shekinah) Lord was kindled against the (Gemini) people, and the (Shekinah) Lord (red radius) smote the (Gemini) people with a very great plague.
34 And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the (Gemini) people that lusted.
"the graves of lust"; murmurers and complainers, walking after their own lusts, Jude 1:16
35 And the people journeyed from Kibrothhattaavah unto Hazeroth; and abode at Hazeroth.