“Therefore those people were deservedly punished
Through such creatures.
They were tormented by a multitude of animals.
Instead of this punishment,
You allowed kindness to your people.
You prepared quails to eat.
This was a delicacy to satisfy
The desire of their appetite.
Thus those people,
When they desired food,
Might lose the least remnant of their appetite.
Thus the odious creatures were sent to them.
Meanwhile your people,
After suffering want a short time,
Might partake of delicacies.
It was necessary
That upon those oppressors
Inescapable want should come.
At the same time
To these others,
It was merely shown
How their enemies were being tormented.”
These last few chapters will continue the parallels between Egypt and Israel, without explicitly mentioning them by name. The Egyptians are referred to as “those people or oppressors (οἱ ἐχθροὶ),” while the Israelites are called “your people (τὸν λαόν σου).” Those people were punished (ἐβασανίζοντο) with a multitude of animals. Odious creatures were sent to them. On the other hand, God showed kindness to his people. He sent quails for them to eat as in Numbers, chapter 11. Thus the Israelites had delicacies, while the Egyptians lost their appetite in their torments.