“Instead of these things,
You gave your people
The food of angels.
Without their toil,
You supplied them
With bread ready to eat.
It provided every pleasure.
It suited every taste.
Your sustenance manifested
Toward your children.
Ministering to the desire of the one who took it,
Was changed to suit everyone’s liking.
Snow withstood fire without melting.
Ice withstood fire without melting.
Thus they might know
That the crops of their enemies
Were being destroyed
By the fire that blazed in the hail.
The fire flashed in the showers of rain.
Whereas the fire,
In order that the righteous might be fed,
Even forgot its native power.”
God gave his people (τὸν λαόν σου) the food of angels (ἀγγέλων τροφὴν). This bread from heaven came ready to eat, as it provided every pleasure to every taste. Obviously, this is a reference to the manna in the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land as in Exodus, chapter 16. What is unique here is that the taste of it was pleasing to each person even if they had other tastes. This food of snow and ice did not melt. However, the crops of their enemies were destroyed. They, however, the righteous were able to feed themselves with the heavenly tasty food.