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The Bitter Water

15:22 57 Then Moses led Israel to journey58 away from the Red Sea. They went out to the Desert of Shur, walked for three days59 into the desert, and found no water. 15:23 Then they came to Marah,60 but they were not able to drink61 the waters of Marah, because62 they were bitter.63 (That is64 why its name was65 Marah.)

15:24 So the people murmured66 against Moses, saying, “What can67 we drink?” 15:25 He cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him68 a tree.69 When Moses70 threw it into the water, the water became safe to drink. There the Lord71 made for them72 a binding ordinance,73 and there he tested74 them. 15:26 He said, “If you will diligently obey75 the Lord your God, and do what is right76 in his sight, and pay attention77 to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, then all78 the diseases79 that I brought on the Egyptians I will not bring on you, for I, the Lord, am your healer.”80

15:27 Then they came to Elim,81 where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees, and they camped there by the water.


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