Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Numbers 11:8

The people would go about and gather it and grind it between two millstones or beat it in the mortar, and boil it in the pot and make cakes with it; and its taste was as the taste of cakes baked with oil.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Almond;   Blessing;   Bread;   Manna;   Mill;   Mortar;   Murmuring;   Trouble;   Thompson Chain Reference - Mills;   Mortar;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Bread;   Desert, Journey of Israel through the;   Manna;   Mills;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Corn;   Manna;   Mortar;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Manna;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Grace;   Moses;   Prayer;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Discontent;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Grind;   Mortar;   Pan;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Manna;   Mortar;   Oil;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Bread;   Meat;   Mill;   Numbers, Book of;   Oil;   Vessels and Utensils;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Bread;   Manna;   Meals;   Mortar and Pestle;   Moses;   Numbers, Book of;   Oil;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Manna;   Mill, Millstone;   Mortar;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Manna;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Mortar,;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - On to Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Bread;   Ebionism;   Fresh;   Ground;   Manna;   Meals;   Mill;   Mortar;   Oil;   Pan;   Pot;   Potter;   Wrath (Anger);   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Cookery;   Flour;   Manna;   Sanhedrin;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the people went about and gathered it,.... Went about the camp on all sides, where it fell in plenty; this they did every morning, and this was all the trouble they were at; they had it for gathering, without any expense to them:

and ground it in mills: in hand mills, as Aben Ezra; for though it melted through the heat of the sun, and became a liquid, yet, when gathered in the morning, it was hard like grains of corn, or other seeds, and required to be ground in mills:

or beat it in a mortar; with a pestle, as spices are beaten and bruised:

and baked it in pans; or rather boiled it in a pot, as the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem, since it follows:

and made cakes of it; which were baked on the hearth; all which may denote the sufferings of Christ, who was beaten, and bruised, and broken, that he might become fit food for faith, Isaiah 53:4,

and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil; which is very grateful and pleasant, as well as very fattening and nourishing; so that the Israelites had no reason to complain of their being dried away by continual eating of it; See Gill on Exodus 16:31.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/numbers-11.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.

Fresh oil — Or, of the most excellent oil; or of cakes made with the best oil, the word cakes being easily supplied out of the foregoing member of the verse; or, which is not much differing, like wafers made with honey, as it is said Exodus 16:31. The nature and use of Manna is here thus particularly described, to shew the greatness of their sin in despising such excellent food.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:8". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/numbers-11.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Numbers 11:8 [And] the people went about, and gathered [it], and ground [it] in mills, or beat [it] in a mortar, and baked [it] in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.

Ver. 8. And the people went about.] Or, "Went to and fro," as men ought still to "increase knowledge," [Daniel 12:4] "labouring for the meat that endureth to eternal life." [John 6:27] God might have saved them this labour, by raining manna into their mouths; but he would not, for the trial of their diligence; and that they might not think that worth nothing, that cost them nothing.

And ground it in mills.] So was Jesus Christ ground and pounded with passion, baked and dried up in the oven of his Father’s displeasure, before he became fit food, and a Saviour to his Church.

As the taste of fresh oil.] Or, Wafers baked with honey. [Exodus 16:31] The sweet promises of grace are sweeter than honey. [Psalms 19:10] No fresh and sweet oil can so cherish the face, as they do the heart of a believer.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/numbers-11.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Or, of the most excellent oil; or, of the flour of oil; or, as others, of cakes or paste made with the best oil, the word cakes being easily supplied out of the foregoing member of the verse; or, which is not much differing, like wafers made with honey, as it is said Exodus 16:31. The nature and use of manna is here thus particularly described to show the greatness of their sin in despising such excellent food as this was.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Numbers 11:8". 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

8.Ground it in mills — These probably differed but little from the Syrian mills of the present time. The mortar is still used by the Arabs to pound wheat for kibby, their national dish.

Pans — R.V., “seethed it in pots.” The same Hebrew word is rendered pot in Judges 6:19, and 1 Samuel 2:14.

As the taste of fresh oil — Olive oil. In Exodus 16:31, manna is said to have the taste of honey. Olive-oil and honey entered largely into the diet of the Hebrews in Canaan; they are also prominent articles of food to the Easterns at this day.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Numbers 11:8". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/numbers-11.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Oil; or, when unprepared, like flour and honey, Exodus xvi. 31. (Calmet)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Numbers 11:8". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/numbers-11.html. 1859.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(8) As the taste of fresh oil.—Or, of a fat cake of oil. In Exodus 16:31 the taste of the manna is said to have been “like wafers made with honey.” The ancients used flour cakes mixed with oil and honey.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:8". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/numbers-11.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.
the people
Exodus 16:16-18; John 6:27,33-58
baked it
Exodus 16:23
taste of it
Exodus 16:31
Reciprocal: Joshua 3:5 - Sanctify;  1 Samuel 16:5 - sanctify yourselves

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Numbers 11:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/numbers-11.html.