Lectionary Year A
September 19, 1999
Exodus 16:2-15

Initial Acquaintance/Rough Translation


(JFC) A. COMPARISON OF TRANSLATIONS

This is a comparison of the Contemporary English Version (CEV), The Jerusalem Bible (Jer), and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
VerseCEVJerNRSV
2they started complainingthe whole community of the sons of Israel began to complainthe whole congregation of the Israelites complained
3when we lived there we could at least sit down and eat all the bread and meat we wantedwhen we were able to sit down to pans of meat and could eat bread to our hearts' content!when we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread
where we are going to starveto starve this whole company to deathto kill this whole assembly with hunger
4that's how I will see if they obey meI propose to test them in this way to see whether they will follow my law or notin that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not
6this evening you shall knowin the evening you shall learnin the evening you shall know
7his glorious powerthe glory of Yahwehthe glory of the Lord
why should you grumble to us? Who are we?It is not against us you complain, for what are we?For what are we, that you complain against us?
8and more than enough bread each morningin the morning bread to your heart's contentand your fill of bread in the morning
He is the one you are really complaining about, not us - we are nobodies - but the Lord has heard your compliants.Yahweh has heard the complaints you have made against him; your complaining is not against us - for what are we? - but against Yahweh.The Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him - what are we? - Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.
12I have heard my people complain.I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel.I have heard the complaining of the Israelites.
Then you will learn that I, Yahweh, am your God.Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.
14the desert was covered with thin flakes that looked like frostthere on the surface of the desert was thing delicate, powdery, as fine as hoarfrost on the groundthere on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground


(JFC) C. ROUGH TRANSLATION

2 Grumbled all the gathering of the sons of Israel unto Moses and unto Aaron in the Wilderness. 3 And they said regarding the sons of Israel, “Why to die at the hand of Yahweh in the land of wilderness to dwell upon the pots to eat bread in abundance but you have come out into this wilderness to die all these definite ones of hunger.” 4 Then said Yahweh unto Moses, “Behold, raining for bread from the heavens and shall go forth the people and will pick up whatever for the day daily to test whether they obey the instructions of me to them. 5 And it is in day sixth that they establish they are to cause to come in that which they gather day by day. 6 Then said Moses and Aaron to all the sons of Israel, “Evening you will know that Yahweh caused you to come out of the land of Egypt. 7 Morning you will have seen the glory of Yahweh to hear your murmuring to Yahweh and not that your murmuring unto us.” 8 And said Moses, “to give Yahweh to you in the evening meat to eat and bread in the morning to satisfy to hear Yahweh your grumbling which you made against him not grumbling against us. 9 And said Moses to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, ‘Come before Yahweh who has heard your murmuring’.” 10 And it happened as spoke Aaron to all the congregation of the sons of Israel they turned toward the wilderness they saw the glory of Yahweh to be seen appearing. 11 And spoke Yahweh unto Moses saying, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the sons of Israel. Command them to say, ‘During evening to eat meat and in the morning with bread and you know that I am Yahweh your God’.” 13 It happened that evening that quails flew to cover the encampment and in the morning it happened that layer of dew encircling the encampment. 14 When burned off the layer of dew behold on the surface of the wilderness fine flake-like fine hoarfrost upon the ground. 15 And they saw the sons of Israel and they said each one to his brother, “What is it? Not have we known what it is.” And Moses, “Our God it is. Bread that gives Yahweh to you for eating.



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