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13 Those were the waters of Meribah. That’s where the Israelites argued with the Lord. And that’s where he was proven to be holy among them.

Edom Doesn’t Let Israel Pass Through Its Territory

14 Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom. The messengers said,

“The nation of Israel is your brother. They say, ‘You know about all the hard times we’ve had. 15 Long ago our people went down into Egypt. We lived there for many years. The Egyptians treated us and our people badly.

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13 These were the waters of Meribah,[a](A) where the Israelites quarreled(B) with the Lord and where he was proved holy among them.(C)

Edom Denies Israel Passage

14 Moses sent messengers from Kadesh(D) to the king of Edom,(E) saying:

“This is what your brother Israel says: You know(F) about all the hardships(G) that have come on us. 15 Our ancestors went down into Egypt,(H) and we lived there many years.(I) The Egyptians mistreated(J) us and our ancestors,

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  1. Numbers 20:13 Meribah means quarreling.

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