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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 16

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1Therefore they* were fittingly punished by similar creatures, and were tormented by a swarm of insects. c Wis 11, 15f; 12, 23. 27; Ex 7, 27; 8, 12. 17 . 2Instead of this punishment, you benefited your people with a novel dish, the delight they craved, by providing quail for their food; d Wis 11, 13; 19, 11f; Ex 16, 13; Nm 11, 31f; Ps 105, 40 . 3That those others, when they desired food, since the creatures sent to plague them were so loathsome, should be turned from even the craving of necessities, While these, after a brief period of privation, partook of a novel dish. e Wis 11, 15; Ex 8, 10; 16, 3 . 4For upon those oppressors, inexorable want had to come; but these needed only be shown how their enemies were being tormented. f Wis 11, 8f . 5For when the dire venom of beasts came upon them g 5f: Nm 21, 4–9; Dt 32, 24; Jer 8, 7 LXX. and they were dying from the bite of crooked serpents, your anger endured not to the end. 6But as a warning, for a short time they were terrorized, though they had a sign* of salvation, to remind them of the precept of your law. 7For he who turned toward it was saved, not by what he saw, but by you, the savior of all. 8And by this also you convinced our foes that you are he who delivers from all evil. h Gn 48, 16; 2 Mc 1, 24f . 9For the bites of locusts and of flies slew them, and no remedy was found to save their lives because they deserved to be punished by such means; i Ex 8, 16–28; 10, 4–19; Pss 78, 45f; 105, 31. 34; Rv 9, 1–11 . 10But not even the fangs of poisonous reptiles overcame your sons, for your mercy brought the antidote to heal them. j Dt 32, 33 . 11For as a reminder of your injunctions, they were stung, and swiftly they were saved, Lest they should fall into deep forgetfulness and become unresponsive to your beneficence. k Ps 78, 11 . 12For indeed, neither herb nor application cured them, but your all‐healing word, O LORD! l Ex 15, 26 . 13For you have dominion over life and death; m 13ff: Dt 32, 39; 1 Sm 2, 6; Tb 13, 2; Ps 78, 34. 39; Eccl 8, 8; Dn 5, 19; 2 Mc 6, 26; 7, 23 . you lead down to the gates of the nether world, and lead back. 14Man, however, slays in his malice, but when the spirit has come away, it does not return, nor can he bring back the soul once it is confined.* 15But your hand none can escape.

Third Example: A Rain of Manna for Israel instead of the Plague of Storms

16For the wicked who refused to know you were punished by the might of your arm, Pursued by unwonted rains and hailstorms and unremitting downpours, and consumed by fire. n Wis 11, 21; 12, 27; Ex 5, 2; 9, 29–34 . 17For against all expectation, in water which quenches anything, the fire grew more active; For the universe fights on behalf of the just. o Wis 10, 20; 19, 20; Ex 9, 23–28; 2 Mc 8, 36; 14, 34 . 18For now the flame was tempered p 18f: Wis 19, 20f . so that the beasts might not be burnt up that were sent upon the wicked, but that these might see and know they were struck by the judgment of God; 19And again, even in the water, fire blazed beyond its strength so as to consume the produce of the wicked land. 20Instead of this, you nourished your people with food of angels and furnished them bread from heaven, ready to hand, untoiled‐for, endowed with all delights and conforming to every taste. q Ex 16, 4; Nm 11, 8; Ps 78, 24f; Jn 6, 31 . 21For this substance of yours revealed your sweetness toward your children, and serving the desire of him who received it, was blended to whatever flavor each one wished. r Ps 34, 9 . 22Yet snow and ice* withstood fire and were not melted, that they might know that their enemies’ fruits Were consumed by a fire that blazed in the hail and flashed lightning in the rain. s Ex 9, 25–31; 10, 12; Ps 148, 8 . 23But this fire, again, that the just might be nourished, forgot even its proper strength; t Wis 19, 21 . 24For your creation, serving you, its maker, grows tense for punishment against the wicked, but is relaxed in benefit for those who trust in you. u Wis 5, 17. 20; 19, 6; Sir 39, 25ff . 25Therefore at that very time, transformed in all sorts of ways, it was serving your all‐nourishing bounty according to what they needed and desired; 26That your sons whom you loved might learn, O LORD, that it is not the various kinds of fruits that nourish man, but it is your word that preserves those who believe you! v Dt 8, 3; Mt 4, 4 . 27For what was not destroyed by fire, when merely warmed by a momentary sunbeam, melted; w Ex 16, 21 . 28So that men might know that one must give you thanks before the sunrise, and turn to you at daybreak. x Pss 57, 9f; 92, 3 . 29For the hope of the ingrate melts like a wintry frost and runs off like useless water. y Wis 5, 14; 2 Sm 14, 14 .

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