New American Standard Bible
And in their heart they put God to the test By asking food according to their desire.
King James Bible
And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
Darby Bible Translation
And they tempted �God in their heart, by asking meat for their lust;
World English Bible
They tempted God in their heart by asking food according to their desire.
Young's Literal Translation
And they try God in their heart, To ask food for their lust.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And they tempted God in their heart - Exodus 16:2. The heart was the source of the evil. They were not satisfied with what he gave them. They asked for that which would be more agreeable to them, and they did it with a complaining and a murmuring spirit. It is not wrong in itself to ask of God that which will be better than what we now possess, for that is the object of all our prayers; but this may be done from a wrong motive - for mere self-gratification, as was the case here; or it may be with a complaining and dissatisfied spirit, such as was evinced on this occasion. In such a case we cannot expect the prayer to be answered "except as a punishment."
By asking meat for their lust - Food. The word "meat" here does not necessarily denote animal food, as it does with us. They asked another kind of food than manna; and they did it, not because this was "necessary" to sustain life, but in order to gratify their appetites. The original word here, however, is not "lusts," but "souls;" that is, "they asked food for themselves."
Among such sins of the first table is that described in our text. It is consequently one of the masterpieces of iniquity, and we shall do well to purge ourselves of it. It is full of evil to ourselves, and is calculated to dishonor both God and man, therefore let us be in earnest to cut it up both root and branch. I think we have all been guilty of this in our measure; and we are not free from it even to this day. Whether we be saints or sinners, we may stand here and make our humble confession that …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859
"The Sun of Righteousness"
A Jealous God
1 Corinthians 10:9
Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents.
Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water that we may drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?"
"Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, "Who will give us meat to eat?
"You shall not put the LORD your God to the test, as you tested Him at Massah.
Again and again they tempted God, And pained the Holy One of Israel.
Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God And did not keep His testimonies,
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