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The New King James Version

Numbers 20:1–13

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Moses’ Error at Kadesh

20 Then athe children of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in bKadesh; and cMiriam died there and was buried there.

dNow there was no water for the congregation; eso they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. And the people fcontended with Moses and spoke, saying: “If only we had died gwhen our brethren died before the Lord! hWhy have you brought up the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.” So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and ithey 1fell on their faces. And jthe glory of the Lord appeared to them.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, k“Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus lyou shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod mfrom before the Lord as He commanded him.

10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, n“Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; oand water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.

12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because pyou did not believe Me, to qhallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”

13 rThis was the water of 2Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the Lord, and He was hallowed among them.

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