manna

manna (Man´uh)

A food God provided for the Hebrews in the wilderness (Exod 16:1-36; Num 11:4-9). The manna was found each morning on the ground and is described as “a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground” (Exod 16:14). It is further described as being white (Exod 16:31), like coriander seed (a small, globular, grayish-colored seed, Exod 16:31), and like bdellium (a sticky resinous gum, Num 11:7). Each Hebrew was to gather one omer (approximately two quarts) of manna each day, but two omers on the day preceding the Sabbath (Exod 16:16; Exod 16:22). The manna could be boiled in pots or ground into a meal and baked into cakes (Num 11:8). Manna that was left on the ground after the sun warmed the earth quickly disappeared. A jar of manna was kept, along with Aaron’s budding almond branch, in the Holy of Holies beside the Ark of the Covenant (Exod 16:33-34).

Exod 16:1-36

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Num 11:4-9

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Exod 16:14

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Exod 16:31

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Exod 16:31

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Num 11:7

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Exod 16:16

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Exod 16:22

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Num 11:8

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Exod 16:33-34

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