2 Esdras 1:12-23
Revised Standard Version
God’s Mercies to Israel
12 “But speak to them and say, Thus says the Lord: 13 Surely it was I who brought you through the sea, and made safe highways for you where there was no road; I gave you Moses as leader and Aaron as priest; 14 I provided light for you from a pillar of fire, and did great wonders among you. Yet you have forgotten me, says the Lord.
15 “Thus says the Lord Almighty: The quails were a sign to you; I gave you camps for your protection, and in them you complained. 16 You have not exulted in my name at the destruction of your enemies, but to this day you still complain. 17 Where are the benefits which I bestowed on you? When you were hungry and thirsty in the wilderness, did you not cry out to me, 18 saying, ‘Why hast thou led us into this wilderness to kill us? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in this wilderness.’ 19 I pitied your groanings and gave you manna for food; you ate the bread of angels. 20 When you were thirsty, did I not cleave the rock so that waters flowed in abundance? Because of the heat I covered you with the leaves of trees. 21 I divided fertile lands among you; I drove out the Canaanites, the Per′izzites, and the Philistines before you. What more can I do for you? says the Lord. 22 Thus says the Lord Almighty: When you were in the wilderness, at the bitter stream, thirsty and blaspheming my name, 23 I did not send fire upon you for your blasphemies, but threw a tree into the water and made the stream sweet.Read full chapter