Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert1 of Shur.2 For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.323
When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.a4)
So the people grumbled5 against Moses, saying, "What are we to drink?"625
Then Moses cried out7 to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw8 it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested9 them.