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Numbers 20:2-9 (English Standard Version)

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The Waters of Meribah

2 1Now there was no water for the congregation. 2And they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. 3 And the people 3quarreled with Moses and said, "Would that we had perished 4when our brothers perished before the LORD! 4 Why have you brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we should die here, both we and our cattle? 5 And 5why have you made us come up out of Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It is no place for grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink." 6 Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting and 6fell on their faces. 7And the glory of the LORD appeared to them, 7 and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 8 8"Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So 9you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle." 9 And Moses took the staff 10from before the LORD, as he commanded him.
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