For I want you to know, brothers,a that our fathers were all under 1the cloud, and all 2passed through the sea,
and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
and 3all ate the same 4spiritual food,
and 5all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.
Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for 6they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as 7they did.
78Do not be idolaters 9as some of them were; as it is written, 10"The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play."
811We must not indulge in sexual immorality 12as some of them did, and 13twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.
We must not put Christb to the test, 14as some of them did and 15were destroyed by serpents,
nor grumble, 16as some of them did and 17were destroyed by 18the Destroyer.
Now these things happened to them as an example, but 19they were written down for our instruction, 20on whom the end of the ages has come.