Exodus 17:1-6 LEB

Water from a Rock

1 And all the community of the {Israelites}a set out from the desert of Sin for their journeys according to the command of Yahweh, and they camped in Rephidim, and there was no water for the people to drink.

References for Exodus 17:1

    • ź 17:1 - Literally "sons/children of Israel"
      2 And the people quarreled with Moses, and they said, "Give us water so that we can drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test Yahweh?"
      3 And the people thirsted for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, "Why {ever}b did you bring us up from Egypt to kill mec and my sons and my cattle with thirst?"

      References for Exodus 17:3

        • Ż 17:3 - Or "at all"; literally "this"
        • ż 17:3 - The unexpected switch to first-person singular pronouns reflects the fact that the question summarizes a host of angry accusations and self-centered concern
          4 And Moses cried out to Yahweh, saying, "What will I do with this people? A little longer and they will stone me."
          5 And Yahweh said to Moses, "Go on before the people and take with you [some] from the elders of Israel, and the staff with which you struck the Nile take in your hand, and go.
          6 Look, I [will be] standing before you there on the rock in Horeb, and you will strike the rock, and water will come out from it, and the people will drink." And Moses did so before the eyes of the elders of Israel.