19 Why should we perish before your eyes(A)—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food,(B) and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh.(C) Give us seed so that we may live and not die,(D) and that the land may not become desolate.”

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The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt!(A) There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food(B) we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”(C)

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