Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Numbers 11:6

but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Murmuring;   Trouble;   Thompson Chain Reference - Manna;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Desert, Journey of Israel through the;   Manna;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Manna;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Grace;   Manna;   Moses;   Prayer;   Soul;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Discontent;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Manna;   Numbers, the Book of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Meat;   Numbers, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Melons;   Moses;   Numbers, Book of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Manna;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Dry dried drieth;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Manna;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - On to Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Moses;   Pentateuch;   Wrath (Anger);   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Laban;   Sanhedrin;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But now our soul is dried away,.... Meaning their bodies, which, for want of flesh food, they pretended had no moisture in them, or they were half starved, and in wasting and consuming circumstances:

there is nothing at all besides this manna before our eyes; which in itself was a truth and matter of fact; they had nothing to look to, and live upon but the manna, and that was enough, and with which, no doubt, many of them were contented, and satisfied and thankful for it, though the greater part were not; and therefore this, though a truth, was foolishly and wickedly spoken, being said in disdain and contempt of the manna: so Christ, the heavenly manna, the antitype of this, of which See Gill on Exodus 16:14; See Gill on Exodus 16:15; See Gill on Exodus 16:16; See Gill on Exodus 16:17; See Gill on Exodus 16:18; is indeed the only food that is set before us in the Gospel to feed and live upon; nor is there anything at all besides him, nor do true believers in him desire any other, but pray that evermore this bread may be given them; but carnal men and carnal professors slight the Gospel feast, of which Christ is the sum and substance; and at least would have something besides him, something along with him, something of their own in justification for him, or to give them a right unto him, or to trust in along with him; they cannot bear to have nothing at all but Christ; or that he, and he alone, should be exalted, and be all in all, as he is justification and salvation, and in the Gospel provision, in which nothing is set before us but him.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/numbers-11.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

But now our soul [is] d dried away: [there is] nothing at all, beside this manna, [before] our eyes.

(d) For the greedy lust of flesh.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Numbers 11:6". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/numbers-11.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

Our soul — Either our life, as the soul signifies, Genesis 9:5, or our body, which is often signified by the soul.

Dried away — Is withered and pines away; which possibly might be true, through envy and discontent, and inordinate appetite.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:6". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/numbers-11.html. 1765.

Scofield's Reference Notes

manna

(See Scofield "Exodus 16:35").

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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Numbers 11:6". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/numbers-11.html. 1917.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Numbers 11:6 But now our soul [is] dried away: [there is] nothing at all, beside this manna, [before] our eyes.

Ver. 6. There is nothing at all besides.] The wheat of heaven was held a light meat, because lightly come by; Cito parta vilescunt. How are many queasy stomachs even nauseated with the bread of life! it makes not to their dainty palates; plain preaching is disrelished.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/numbers-11.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Numbers 11:6. Our soul is dried away This expression is of the same import with that of the Psalmist; my heart is—withered like grass. The word נפשׁ nepesh, as we have before observed, is often used for the merely animal life, (see Genesis 2:7.) and the drying away here mentioned, may refer to their want of the moist, fishy, and vegetable food, for which they expressed so impetuous a desire. Their contempt of the manna is shewn by the way of speaking of it: There is nothing at all besides THIS manna before our eyes. Though they had some cattle, Numbers 11:22 yet it would seem that they had them not in such plenty or cheapness, that the populace could eat them for ordinary food.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Numbers 11:6". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/numbers-11.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Our soul; either,

1. Our life, as the soul signifies, Genesis 9:5 Psalms 33:19 Job 36:14; or,

2. Our body, which is oft signified by the soul, as Psalms 16:10 Psalms 35:12 105:18. So Leviticus 19:28 21:1 Numbers 5:2.

Is dried away; is withered, and pines away; which possibly might be true through envy and discontent, and inordinate appetite, as 2 Samuel 13:4 Proverbs 14:30.

Before our eyes;

Heb. our eyes see or look to nothing but this manna. They speak as if the manna were only useful to please their eyes with its fine colour and shape, but not to satisfy their appetites, or sustain their natures.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Numbers 11:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/numbers-11.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

6.Our soul is dried away — Our animal life faints for want of strong and refreshing food. Such a use of the term soul is still common in the East, where, hungry or thirsty, the people say, “Our soul is withered.”

Nothing at all, besides this manna — The skilful reader will not fail, by correct intonation, to bring out the contempt here poured upon the bread of heaven, which prefigures our Lord Jesus according to his own words in John 6:32-33, and to St. Paul’s in 1 Corinthians 10:3. We know of nothing in the conduct of these Israelites that more strikingly exhibits their low moral character than this complaint. The animal appetites have completely subverted their intellectual and spiritual tastes, if they ever had any, and they here exhibit a disgusting sensuality. The carnal mind to-day treats the glorious Antitype with no more respect than these sensual Israelites treated the type. Sin is the same in all ages.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Numbers 11:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/numbers-11.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Dry, like people quite worn out for want of food. (Psalm ci. 5, 12; Lamentations iv. 8.) --- Nothing. An exaggeration. We are disgusted with this light food. (Calmet) --- They wished not only for the taste, but also for the colour, of other meats. (Menochius) --- How often do we imitate their folly, when we are disgusted with the bread of life! (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Numbers 11:6". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/numbers-11.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

our soul is. Hebrew. nephesh = we [are]. App-13.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Numbers 11:6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/numbers-11.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(6) There is nothing at all . . . —Better, there is nothing, except that our eyes (look) upon, the manna.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:6". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/numbers-11.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.
21:5; 2 Samuel 13:4
Reciprocal: Exodus 16:31 - and it was;  Jeremiah 44:18 - we have;  John 6:31 - fathers

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Numbers 11:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/numbers-11.html.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

6.But now our soul is dried away. They complain that they are almost wasted away with famine and hunger, whilst they are abundantly supplied with manna; in the same way as they had just been loudly declaring that they had lived in Egypt for a very little money; as if they were affected by a great dearth of provisions, when, by the pure liberality of God, a kind of food was provided for them, more easy to prepare than any other, and so actually prepared without trouble or cost. But such is the malignity and ingratitude of men, that they count all God’s bounty for nothing, whilst they are brooding over their own importunate lusts. Many in their gluttony consume, and bring to naught whatever God bestows upon them: others, in their avarice, dry up the fountain of His liberality, which else would be inexhaustible. But these, in the midst of their abundance, say that they are dry, because insatiable cupidity inflames them, so that God’s blessing, however ample, cannot satisfy them. Thus the rain, washing the hard rock, wets it not within, neither tempers its dryness by its moisture. Since, therefore, a contempt of God’s blessings withers them all, like a hot blast, let us learn to assign them their due honor, that they may be supplied to us in sufficiency. Thus will be fulfilled in our ease:

“The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.”
(
Psalms 92:12.)

For Scripture does not so often declare in vain that God satisfies the longing souls, and filleth the hungry with food. They complain that there is nothing before their eyes but manna: as if their loathing of this one excellent and abundant kind of food was actual famine.

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:6". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/numbers-11.html. 1840-57.