Exodus 17:1–7

Water from the Rock

17 Then aall the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of bSin, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to cdrink. dTherefore 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 etempt the Lord?”

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

So Moses hcried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to istone 1me!”

And the Lord said to Moses, j“Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which kyou struck the river, and go. lBehold, 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 mMassah 2and 3Meribah, because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they 4tempted the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

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