11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?(A) What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?

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And he called the place Massah[a](A) and Meribah[b](B) because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 17:7 Massah means testing.
  2. Exodus 17:7 Meribah means quarreling.

The Golden Calf

32 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain,(A) they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods[a] who will go before(B) us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 32:1 Or a god; also in verses 23 and 31

In your distress you called(A) and I rescued you,
    I answered(B) you out of a thundercloud;
    I tested you at the waters of Meribah.[a](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 81:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.(A)

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