Psalm 78:20
New International Version
True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?"

New Living Translation
Yes, he can strike a rock so water gushes out, but he can’t give his people bread and meat.”

English Standard Version
He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?”

Berean Study Bible
When He struck the rock, water gushed out and torrents overflowed. But can He also give bread or supply His people with meat?”

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, He struck the rock so that waters gushed out, And streams were overflowing; Can He give bread also? Will He provide meat for His people?"

New King James Version
Behold, He struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, And the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?”

King James Bible
Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?

Christian Standard Bible
Look! He struck the rock and water gushed out; torrents overflowed. But can he also provide bread or furnish meat for his people?"

Contemporary English Version
It's true God struck the rock and water gushed out like a river, but can he give his people bread and meat?"

Good News Translation
It is true that he struck the rock, and water flowed out in a torrent; but can he also provide us with bread and give his people meat?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look! He struck the rock and water gushed out; torrents overflowed. But can He also provide bread or furnish meat for His people?"

International Standard Version
It's true that Moses struck the rock so that water flowed forth and torrents of water gushed out, but is he also able to give bread or to supply meat for his people?"

NET Bible
Yes, he struck a rock and water flowed out, streams gushed forth. But can he also give us food? Will he provide meat for his people?"

New Heart English Bible
Look, he struck the rock, so that waters gushed out, and streams overflowed. Can he give bread also? Will he provide flesh for his people?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“If he struck the flint and the waters flowed and he made torrents flow, can he not also give bread to us, or food prepared for his people?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
True, he did strike a rock, and water did gush out, and the streams did overflow. But can he also give us bread or provide us, his people, with meat?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, He smote the rock, that waters gushed out, And streams overflowed; Can He give bread also? Or will He provide flesh for His people?'

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, He struck the rock, so that waters gushed out, And streams were overflowing; Can He give bread also? Will He provide meat for His people?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, he smote the rock that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, he struck the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide meat for his people?

American King James Version
Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?

American Standard Version
Behold, he smote the rock, so that waters gushed out, And streams overflowed; Can he give bread also? Will he provide flesh for his people?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Forasmuch as he smote the rock, and the waters flowed, and the torrents ran abundantly; will he be able also to give bread, or prepare a table for his people?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because he struck the rock, and the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can he also give bread, or provide a table for his people?

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, he smote the rock, and waters gushed out, and streams overflowed; is he able to give bread also, or provide flesh for his people?

English Revised Version
Behold, he smote the rock, that waters gushed out, and streams overflowed; can he give bread also? will he provide flesh for his people?

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?

World English Bible
Behold, he struck the rock, so that waters gushed out, and streams overflowed. Can he give bread also? Will he provide flesh for his people?"

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, He hath smitten a rock, And waters flow, yea, streams overflow. 'Also -- bread is He able to give? Doth He prepare flesh for His people?'
Study Bible
I Will Open My Mouth in Parables
19They spoke against God, saying, “Can God really prepare a table in the wilderness? 20When He struck the rock, water gushed out and torrents overflowed. But can He also give bread or supply His people with meat?” 21Therefore the LORD heard and was filled with wrath; so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and His anger flared against Israel…
Cross References
Numbers 11:4
Meanwhile, the rabble among them had a strong craving for other food, and again the Israelites wept and said, "Who will feed us meat?

Numbers 11:18
And say to the people: Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you will eat meat, because you have cried out in the hearing of the LORD, saying, 'Who will feed us meat? For we were better off in Egypt.' Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you will eat.

Numbers 20:11
Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff, so that a great amount of water gushed out, and the congregation and their livestock were able to drink.

Psalm 68:10
Your flock settled therein; O God, from Your bounty You provided for the poor.

Psalm 78:15
He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink as abundant as the seas.

Psalm 78:16
He brought streams from the stone and made water flow down like rivers.

Isaiah 48:21
They did not thirst when He led them through the deserts; He made water flow for them from the rock; He split the rock, and water gushed out.

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?

he smote

Exodus 17:6,7
Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel…

Numbers 20:11
And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

can he give

Psalm 78:41
Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

Genesis 18:12-14
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? …

Numbers 11:21-23
And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month…







Lexicon
When
הֵ֤ן (hên)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!

He struck
הִכָּה־ (hik·kāh-)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5221: To strike

the rock,
צ֨וּר ׀ (ṣūr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6697: A cliff, a rock, boulder, a refuge, an edge

water
מַיִם֮ (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

gushed out
וַיָּז֣וּבוּ (way·yā·zū·ḇū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2100: To flow freely, to have a, flux, to waste away, to overflow

and torrents
וּנְחָלִ֪ים (ū·nə·ḥā·lîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5158: A stream, a winter torrent, a, valley, a shaft

overflowed.
יִ֫שְׁטֹ֥פוּ (yiš·ṭō·p̄ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7857: To gush, to inundate, cleanse, to gallop, conquer

But can
י֣וּכַל (yū·ḵal)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3201: To be able, have power

He also
הֲגַם־ (hă·ḡam-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

give
תֵּ֑ת (têṯ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

bread
לֶ֭חֶם (le·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3899: Food, bread, grain

or
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

supply
יָכִ֖ין (yā·ḵîn)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect

His people
לְעַמּֽוֹ׃ (lə·‘am·mōw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

with meat?”
שְׁאֵ֣ר (šə·’êr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7607: Flesh, as living, for, food, food of any kind, kindred by blood
Verse 20. - Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams (literally, the torrent courses) overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people? These were probably the people's thoughts rather than their words. An "evil heart of unbelief" underlay their clamours and their murmurings. They doubted God's power to relieve their wants, notwithstanding all the proofs that they had had of his omnipotence. 78:9-39. Sin dispirits men, and takes away the heart. Forgetfulness of God's works is the cause of disobedience to his laws. This narrative relates a struggle between God's goodness and man's badness. The Lord hears all our murmurings and distrusts, and is much displeased. Those that will not believe the power of God's mercy, shall feel the fire of his indignation. Those cannot be said to trust in God's salvation as their happiness at last, who can not trust his providence in the way to it. To all that by faith and prayer, ask, seek, and knock, these doors of heaven shall at any time be opened; and our distrust of God is a great aggravation of our sins. He expressed his resentment of their provocation; not in denying what they sinfully lusted after, but in granting it to them. Lust is contented with nothing. Those that indulge their lust, will never be estranged from it. Those hearts are hard indeed, that will neither be melted by the mercies of the Lord, nor broken by his judgments. Those that sin still, must expect to be in trouble still. And the reason why we live with so little comfort, and to so little purpose, is, because we do not live by faith. Under these rebukes they professed repentance, but they were not sincere, for they were not constant. In Israel's history we have a picture of our own hearts and lives. God's patience, and warnings, and mercies, imbolden them to harden their hearts against his word. And the history of kingdoms is much the same. Judgments and mercies have been little attended to, until the measure of their sins has been full. And higher advantages have not kept churches from declining from the commandments of God. Even true believers recollect, that for many a year they abused the kindness of Providence. When they come to heaven, how will they admire the Lord's patience and mercy in bringing them to his kingdom!
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