22 And Moses caused Israel to set out from the ⌊Red Sea⌋,m and they went out into the desert of Shur, and they traveled three days in the desert, and they did not find water. 23 And they came to Marah, and they were not able to drink water from Marah because it was bitter. Therefore ⌊it was named⌋n Marah. 24 And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 And he cried out to Yahweh, and Yahweh showed him a piece of wood, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There he made a rule and regulation for them, and there he tested them. 26 And he said, “If you carefully listen to the voice of Yahweh your God and you do what is right in his eyes and give heed to his commands and you keep all his rules, then I will not bring about on you any of the diseaseso that I brought about on Egypt, because I am Yahweh your healer.
Literally “sea of reed”
Literally “its name was called”; the Hebrew word for “bitter” is pronounced “marah”