Numbers 11:7
New International Version
The manna was like coriander seed and looked like resin.

New Living Translation
The manna looked like small coriander seeds, and it was pale yellow like gum resin.

English Standard Version
Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium.

Berean Study Bible
Now the manna resembled coriander seed, and its appearance was like that of gum resin.

King James Bible
And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.

New King James Version
Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its color like the color of bdellium.

New American Standard Bible
Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium.

NASB 1995
Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium.

NASB 1977
Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium.

Amplified Bible
The manna was like coriander seed, and it looked like bdellium.

Christian Standard Bible
The manna resembled coriander seed, and its appearance was like that of bdellium.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The manna resembled coriander seed, and its appearance was like that of bdellium.

American Standard Version
And the manna was like coriander seed, and the appearance thereof as the appearance of bdellium.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And manna was like the seed of coriander and its color like the color of pearl.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the manna is as coriander seed, and the appearance of it the appearance of hoar-frost.

Contemporary English Version
The manna was like small whitish seeds

Douay-Rheims Bible
A Now the manna was like coriander seed, of the colour of bdellium.

English Revised Version
And the manna was like coriander seed, and the appearance thereof as the appearance of bdellium.

Good News Translation
Manna was like small seeds, whitish yellow in color.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(Manna was [small] like coriander seeds and looked like resin.

International Standard Version
Now manna was reminiscent of coriander seed, with an appearance similar to amber.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now the manna was like coriander seed, and the appearance thereof as the appearance of bdellium.

Literal Standard Version
And the manna is as coriander seed, and its aspect as the aspect of bdellium;

NET Bible
(Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its color like the color of bdellium.

New Heart English Bible
The manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like the appearance of bdellium.

World English Bible
The manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like the appearance of bdellium.

Young's Literal Translation
And the manna is as coriander seed, and its aspect as the aspect of bdolach;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Complaints of the People
6But now our appetite is gone; there is nothing to see but this manna!” 7Now the manna resembled coriander seed, and its appearance was like that of gum resin. 8The people walked around and gathered it, ground it on a handmill or crushed it in a mortar, then boiled it in a cooking pot or shaped it into cakes. It tasted like pastry baked with fine oil.…

Cross References
Genesis 2:12
And the gold of that land is pure, and bdellium and onyx are found there.

Exodus 16:14
When the layer of dew had evaporated, there were thin flakes on the desert floor, as fine as frost on the ground.

Exodus 16:31
Now the house of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.

Numbers 11:8
The people walked around and gathered it, ground it on a handmill or crushed it in a mortar, then boiled it in a cooking pot or shaped it into cakes. It tasted like pastry baked with fine oil.


Treasury of Scripture

And the manna was as coriander seed, and the color thereof as the color of bdellium.

the manna

Exodus 16:14,15,31
And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground…

1 Corinthians 1:23,24
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; …

Revelation 2:17
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

colour thereof as the colour of.

Genesis 2:12
And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.









(7) And the manna was . . . --The design of the description of the manna in this place (comp. Exodus 16:14; Exodus 16:31, and Notes in loc.; also Article Manna, in "Smith's Dictionary of the Bible") was probably to exhibit in its just light the sinfulness of the Israelites in repining at the merciful provision which God had made for the supply of their wants. The dissatisfaction of the Israelites with the sweet bread of heaven, and their craving after the more savoury and more stimulating food of Egypt may be regarded as typical of man's natural repugnance to the spiritual food which is provided in the Gospel, and his restless cravings after the pleasures of the world.

Verse 7. - The manna was as coriander seed. On the name and the nature of the manna see Exodus 16:31. It is commonly supposed that the brief description here inserted was intended to show the unreasonableness of the popular complaints. There is no trace whatever of any such purpose. So far as the description conveys fresh information, it was simply suggested by the occurrence of the word "manna," according to the artless style of the narrative. If any moral purpose must be assigned to this digression, it would rather be to suggest that the people had some real temptation to complain. It is often forgotten that, although the manna was supernatural, at least as to the amount and regularity of its supply, yet as an article of food it contained no supernatural elements. If we had to live upon nothing but cakes flavored with honey or with olive oil, it is certain that we should soon find them pall upon our appetite. To the eye of the Psalmist the manna appeared as angels' food (Psalm 78:25); but then the Psalmist had not lived on manna every day for a year. We have to remember, in this as in many other cases, that the Israelites would not be "our ensamples" (τύποι ἡμῶν, 1 Corinthians 10:6) if they had not succumbed to real temptations. As the colour of bdellium. See on Genesis 2:12. As no one knows anything at all about bdellium, this adds nothing to our knowledge of the manna. The Septuagint has here εῖδος κρυστάλλου, "the appearance of ice," or perhaps "of hoar-frost." As it translates bdellium in Genesis 2:12 by ἄνθραξ (carbuncle), it is probable that the comparison to ice here is due to some tradition about the manna. Taking this passage in connection with Exodus 16:31, we may reasonably conjecture that it was of an opalescent white, the same colour probably which is mentioned in connection with manna in Revelation 2:17.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Now the manna
וְהַמָּ֕ן (wə·ham·mān)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4478: Manna (a kind of bread)

resembled coriander
גַּ֖ד (gaḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1407: Coriander seed

seed,
כִּזְרַע־ (kiz·ra‘-)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2233: Seed, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity

and its appearance
וְעֵינ֖וֹ (wə·‘ê·nōw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

was like that
כְּעֵ֥ין (kə·‘ên)
Preposition-k | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

of gum resin.
הַבְּדֹֽלַח׃ (hab·bə·ḏō·laḥ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 916: Something in pieces, bdellium, a, gum, a, pearl


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