Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | November 21, 2013

God Provided Quail


wpid-IMG_20131120_243137_737.jpgAs I watch and care for the quail I often think about how God fed the children of Israel with quail and bread along their journey to the land He promised.  They remind me of the way God supplies all our needs, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus“ Philippians 4:19.  After the Israelites complained to Moses for a lack of food, he made the complaint known to God.  God knew Moses’ frustration dealing with the people and he also knew their need for food. The request was made and God answered.  In His answer He offered more than physical sustenance but the opportunity to know that He was available to help, He cared for them and they were not on their own. The Israelites were not always content, they always seemed to find some reason to complain but God always showed them they could find peace and security in Him and His provision.  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”        Philippians 4:6-7

I am thankful for God’s provision to me and my family.  Thankful for the time I have with my children as we have school each day.  The opportunity to impart to them those things that are most important. As we journey toward our promised land, may we always count our blessings and recognize how wondrously God supplies our needs.  This Thanksgiving may we gather together as truly thankful people.

I looked up entries from both the Smith and Easton Bible Dictionaries:

Bible Study Smith’s Bible Dictionary


There can be no doubt that the Hebrew word in the Pentateuch ( Exodus 16:13 ; Numbers 11:31 Numbers 11:32 ) and in the 105th Psalm, denotes the common quail, Coturnix dactylisonans . (The enormous quantity of quails taken by the Israelites has its parallel in modern times. Pliny states that they sometimes alight on vessels in the Mediterranean and sink them. Colenel Sykes states that 160,000 quails have been netted in one season on the island of Capri. –ED.)

mannaThe expression “as it were two cubits (high) upon the face of the earth,” ( Numbers 11:31 ) refers probably to the height at which the quails flew above the ground, in their exhausted condition from their long flight. As to the enormous quantities which the least-successful Israelite is said to have taken viz. “ten homers” (i.e. eighty bushels) in the space of a night and two days, there is every reason for believing that the “homers here spoken of do not denote strictly the measure of that name but simply “a heap.”

The Israelites would have had little difficulty in capturing large quantities of these birds as they are known to arrive at places sometimes so completely exhausted by their flight as to be readily taken, not in nets only, but by the hand. They “spread the quails round about the camp;” this was for the purpose of drying them. The Egyptians similarly prepared these birds. The expression “quails from the sea,” ( Numbers 11:31 ) must not be restricted to denote that the birds came from the sea, as their starting-point, but it must be taken to show the direction from which they were coming.

The quails were at the time of the event narrated in the sacred writings, on their spring journey of migration northward, It is interesting to note the time specified: “it was at even” that they began to arrive; and they no doubt continued to come all night. Many observers have recorded that the quail migrates by night. [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton’s Bible Dictionary.

The_Giving_of_Quail_mEaston’s Bible Dictionary

The Israelites were twice relieved in their privation by a miraculous supply of quails, (1) in the wilderness of Sin (Exodus 16:13), and (2) again at Kibroth-hattaavah (q.v.), Numbers 11:31. God “rained flesh upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea” (Psalm 78:27). The words in Numbers 11:31, according to the Authorized Version, appear to denote that the quails lay one above another to the thickness of two cubits above the ground.

The Revised Version, however, reads, “about two cubits above the face of the earth”, i.e., the quails flew at this height, and were easily killed or caught by the hand. Being thus secured in vast numbers by the people, they “spread them all abroad” (11:32) in order to salt and dry them.


These birds (the Coturnix vulgaris of naturalists) are found in countless numbers on the shores of the Mediterranean, and their annual migration is an event causing great excitement.


Exodus 16:12-14 New Living Translation (NLT)

12 “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”

13 That evening vast numbers of quail flew in and covered the camp. And the next morning the area around the camp was wet with dew. 14 When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground.

Numbers 11:30-33 New Living Translation (NLT)

30 Then Moses returned to the camp with the elders of Israel.

The Lord Sends Quail

31 Now the Lord sent a wind that brought quail from the sea and let them fall all around the camp. For miles in every direction there were quail flying about three feet above the ground.[a] 32 So the people went out and caught quail all that day and throughout the night and all the next day, too. No one gathered less than fifty bushels[b]! They spread the quail all around the camp to dry. 33 But while they were gorging themselves on the meat—while it was still in their mouths—the anger of the Lord blazed against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.


Psalm 105:39-41  New Living Translation (NLT)

39 The Lord spread a cloud above them as a covering

and gave them a great fire to light the darkness.

40 They asked for meat, and he sent them quail;

he satisfied their hunger with manna—bread from heaven.

41 He split open a rock, and water gushed out

to form a river through the dry wasteland.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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