[Deu 8:3 NKJV] 3 “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every [word] that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.
[Mat 4:4 NKJV] 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
It isnt what goes in YOUR mouth that keeps you alive, but what comes forth from YAH.
Promises, Covenants, Instructions, Specific Directions, commandments, breath, Spirit, Salvation (Yeshua). Everything the Hebrews were relying upon to happen wasn’t coming from their own actions. In fact, Yah was making them hungry, and showing them where their heart would wander.
There is no reference to the word “Word” here. It is whatever springs forth, or has its origin in “peh-Yehovah”. Mouth of Yah. Certainly that would be something spoken as an easy interpretation, but it doesn’t say “devar” or any variant of that.
Anah (humbled) here is used in context of being made hungry, and probably weak. That word is used for the day of atonement, yet another indicator this is really removal of food, and humbling oneself. Is that day a re-enactment of this principle, and willful re-connection with being unable to accomplish salvation, atonement, accomplishment of promises and then experiencing the atonement of YWHW?
Even when Yah gives you something (Manna in this case), your ability to handle it and manage it only goes so far. You need more tomorrow. And you cannot make it yourself.
Manna was also the first test with regards to Sabbath. Immediately, people tried to corner the market and gather extra so they wouldn’t run out. And when they did that (in disobedience from something that came from the mouth of Yah) it turned into putrid and disgusting things.
At the same time, They were to gather double on “Friday” am, and keep it. Every day didn’t have the same exact instructions. You simply had to rely upon the instructions, and do them.
This gets quoted later in the midst of temptation. Yeshua was seeming to state at some level “Bread going in my body isnt my only concern right now. Im being sustained by what is coming out of Yahweh, and Ill rely on that to make things happen and keep me alive”
Some examples of things that come forth from Yehovah’s mouth that aren’t spoken…
[Mar 7:20 NKJV] 20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.
[Mat 15:11 NKJV] 11 “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”
[Rev 19:15 NKJV] 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
[Heb 1:1-3 NKJV] 1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by [His] Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of [His] glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,