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13 These were the waters of Meribah because the people of Israel complained against the Lord, and He proved Himself holy among them.

14 Moses sent men from Kadesh to the king of Edom, saying, “This is what your brother Israel has said: ‘You know all the troubles we have had. 15 Our fathers went down to Egypt, and we lived in Egypt a long time. The Egyptians were bad in the way they acted toward us.

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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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