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Moses named the place Massah (meaning “tempting Jehovah to slay us”), and sometimes they referred to it as Meribah (meaning “argument” and “strife!”)—for it was there that the people of Israel argued against God and tempted him to slay them[a] by saying, “Is Jehovah going to take care of us or not?”

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  1. Exodus 17:7 to slay them, implied.

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