Numbers 11:10-34 and Psalms
These two renderings of Israel's lust
-- for flesh in Numbers
11:13, 31-34 and Psalms
78:18 & 30, and their eating of the quail,
have been misinterpreted by us
(and our ancestors) in our light-minded and poor or non-study of the scriptures!
So we dangerously parrot to each other the commonly flawed rendering of
this story. So most believe it was the Lord providing meat in the quail
and that it was for Israel's benefit, -- but quite the opposite
-- Those Israelites who desired flesh
for their tables and so gathered and ate the quail were destroyed!
The recommendation appears to be: Never presume
to ask for and eat any flesh, even fowl, even though you may believe they
where delivered to you by God!
Influenza and Cholera are among the common
hundred-plus disease organisms vehicled by quail (and in all fowl).
Hundreds of pioneer saints died with the flu
and cholera on their trek to "Zion" when ignorantly believing --
like most -- the common half-reading and mis-interpreting of this scripture,
they unwisely ate quail and other infectious flesh on their way to Utah,
and did die! -- A very harsh recompense for not learning carefully
the Lord's true desires (DC
89:13, 15) and
21a), and following Joseph's inspired counsel
(Teachings of Joseph Smith, pg. 71:Kindness
Now read completely and carefully -- and
understand the real consequences of Israel's lust
Please don't make any animal's pathogens your
or your child's unnecessary disease or sickness, or the fate of the foolish
flesh-lusting Israelites, your fate! Don't gather, butcher, handle and
eat Israel's lethal Quail - or anyone else's infectious fowl, or consume
any needless flesh!
10 ¶ Then Moses heard the people weep throughout
their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the
LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.
11 And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou
afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight,
that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?
12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten
them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing
father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto
13 Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people?
for they weep unto me, saying, "Give us flesh,"
that we may eat!
14 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because
it is too heavy for me.
15 And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee,
out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my
16 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me
seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders
of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle
of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.
17 And I will come down and talk with thee there: and
I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them;
and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear
it not thyself alone.
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?
23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD's hand waxed
short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee
24 ¶ And Moses went out, and told the people the
words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people,
and set them round about the tabernacle.
25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto
him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy
elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they
prophesied, and did not cease.
26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the
name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit
rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not
out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.
27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said,
Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.
28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one
of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.
29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake?
would God that all the LORD's people were prophets, and that the LORD would
put his spirit upon them!
30 And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders
31 ¶ And there went forth a wind
from the 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.
32 And the 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 flesh was yet between their teeth, ere
it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and
the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.
34 And he called the name of that place Kibroth-hattaavah:
because there they buried the people that lusted.
78:10 - 34
10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk
in his law;
11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had
12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers,
in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through;
and he made the waters to stand as an heap.
14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and
all the night with a light of fire.
15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them
drink as out of the great depths.
16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused
waters to run down like rivers.
17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking
the most High in the wilderness.
18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking
meat for their lust.
19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish
a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed
out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide
flesh for his people?
21 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a
fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not
in his salvation:
23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and
opened the doors of heaven,
24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had
given them of the corn of heaven.
25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and
by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered
fowls like as the sand of the sea:
28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round
about their habitations.
29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave
them their own desire;
30 They were not estranged from their lust.
But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest
of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for
his wondrous works.
33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and
their years in trouble.
34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they
returned and enquired early after God.