So the people complained to Moses, “Give us water to drink.”

“Why are you complaining to me?” Moses replied to them. “Why are you testing(A) the Lord?”

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He named the place Massah[a] and Meribah[b](A) because the Israelites complained, and because they tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 17:7 = testing
  2. Exodus 17:7 = arguing

14 They were seized with craving in the wilderness
and tested God in the desert.(A)

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But God was not pleased with most of them, for they were struck down in the wilderness.(A)

Now these things became examples for us, so that we will not desire(B) evil things as they did.[a](C) Don’t become idolaters(D) as some of them were; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and got up to play.[b](E)[c] Let us not commit sexual immorality(F) as some of them did,[d] and in a single day 23,000 people fell dead.(G) Let us not test Christ as some of them did[e] and were destroyed by snakes.(H) 10 Nor should we complain(I) as some of them did,[f](J) and were killed by the destroyer.[g](K)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:6 Lit they desired
  2. 1 Corinthians 10:7 Or to dance
  3. 1 Corinthians 10:7 Ex 32:6
  4. 1 Corinthians 10:8 Lit them committed sexual immorality
  5. 1 Corinthians 10:9 Lit them tested
  6. 1 Corinthians 10:10 Lit them complained
  7. 1 Corinthians 10:10 Or the destroying angel

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