(A)Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, “Give us water, that we may drink.”

So Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you (B)tempt the Lord?”

And the people thirsted there for water, and the people (C)complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our (D)livestock with thirst?”

So Moses (E)cried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to (F)stone[a] me!”

And the Lord said to Moses, (G)“Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which (H)you struck the river, and go. (I)Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.”

And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. So he called the name of the place (J)Massah[b] and [c]Meribah, because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they [d]tempted the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 17:4 Put me to death by stoning
  2. Exodus 17:7 Lit. Tempted
  3. Exodus 17:7 Lit. Contention
  4. Exodus 17:7 tested

13 (A)This was the water of [a]Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the Lord, and He was hallowed among them.

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 20:13 Lit. Contention