Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert4 of Shur.5 For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.623
When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.a7)
So the people grumbled8 against Moses, saying, "What are we to drink?"925
Then Moses cried out10 to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw11 it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested12 them.
He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep13 all his decrees,14 I will not bring on you any of the diseases15 I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals16 you."
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped17 there near the water.