17 I will come down and speak with you(A) there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them.(B) They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.(C)
18 “Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves(D) in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed,(E) “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!”(F) Now the Lord will give you meat,(G) and you will eat it. 19 You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, 20 but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it(H)—because you have rejected the Lord,(I) who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’”(J)
21 But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men(K) on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ 22 Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”(L)
24 So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud(O) and spoke with him,(P) and he took some of the power of the Spirit(Q) that was on him and put it on the seventy elders.(R) When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied(S)—but did not do so again.