Understanding the Scriptures
|Kindled (vv. 1, 10, 33)||Stirred up|
|Uttermost (v. 1)||Outer|
|Quenched (v. 2)||Put out|
|Mixt multitude (v. 4)||Non-Israelites|
|Fell a lusting (v. 4)||Felt strong desires to satisfy their appetites (in this case, desire for food other than manna)|
|Flesh (vv. 4, 13, 18, 21, 33)||Meat|
|Our soul is dried away (v. 6)||We have lost our appetite (for manna)|
|Coriander (v. 7)||A plant related to parsley|
|Bdellium (v. 7)||Resin, a waxy substance|
|Mortar (v. 8)||Bowl-like container|
|As the taste of fresh oil (v. 8)||Like the taste of something cooked in oil|
|Afflicted (v. 11)||Troubled|
|Conceived, begotten (v. 12)||Given birth to|
|Swarest (v. 12)||Promised|
|Bear (vv. 14, 17)||Carry|
|Thus (v. 15)||In this way|
|Wretchedness (v. 15)||Extreme unhappiness|
|Against (v. 18)||In preparation for|
|Loathsome (v. 20)||Sickening|
|Despised (v. 20)||Turned away from, shown no appreciation for|
|Footmen (v. 21)||Men over twenty years old who can be soldiers|
|Suffice (v. 22)||Fill, satisfy|
|Enviest thou (v. 29)||Are you jealous|
|Two cubits (v. 31)||Approximately three feet (one meter)|
|Ten homers (v. 32)||Approximately three liters|
|Ere (v. 33)||Before|
|Lusted (v. 34)||To seek after things having to do with bodily appetites|
Numbers 11:29—Moses Wished That All the People Were Prophets
The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “God hath not revealed anything to Joseph, but what He will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith , 149).
Studying the Scriptures
Do three of the following activities (A–E) as you study Numbers 11.
Some Complaints and Criticisms Today
Imagine you felt the way the Israelites did in Numbers 11:1–9. Write a note of complaint to Moses that reflects what you think the people were saying at the time.
Write a Response
Use what Moses said in Numbers 11:10–15 and what you have learned about this journey so far and write how you might respond to the Israelites’ complaint if you were their leader.
What Happens When We Complain?
Look at Numbers 11:1–4 and Jude 1:14–16 and tell what eventually happens to people who complain or murmur against the Lord and His servants. Notice in Numbers 11:20 what the Lord said the children of Israel were really doing when they complained against Moses.
Find Important Words
Find what you think are three important words or phrases that describe what the seventy men did and why they were called in response to Moses’ discouragement.