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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Manna

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1: μάννα

(Strong's #3131 — Noun Neuter — manna — man'-nah )

the supernaturally provided food for Israel during their wilderness journey (for details see Exodus 16 and Numbers 11 ). The Hebrew equivalent is given in Exodus 16:15 , RV marg., "man hu." The translations are, RV, "what is it?;" AV and RV marg., "it is manna." It is described in Psalm 78:24,25 as "the corn of heaven" and "the bread of the mighty," RV text and AV marg. ("angels' food," AV text), and in 1 Corinthians 10:3 , as "spiritual meat." The vessel appointed to contain it as a perpetual memorial, was of gold, Hebrews 9:4 , with Exodus 16:33 . The Lord speaks of it as being typical of Himself, the true Bread from Heaven, imparting eternal life and sustenance to those who by faith partake spiritually of Him, John 6:31-35 . The "hidden manna" is promised as one of the rewards of the overcomer, Revelation 2:17; it is thus suggestive of the moral excellence of Christ in His life on earth, hid from the eyes of men, by whom He was "despised and rejected;" the path of the overcomer is a reflex of His life.

None of the natural substances called "manna" is to be identified with that which God provided for Israel.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Manna'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/m/manna.html. 1940.

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