Exodus 17:1-7 (New American Standard)

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Water in the Rock

1 Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel journeyed by astages from the wilderness of 1Sin, according to the bcommand of the LORD, and camped at 2Rephidim, and there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the people 3quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water that we may drink." And Moses said to them, "4Why do you quarrel with me? 5Why do you test the LORD?" 3 But the people thirsted there for water; and cthey 6grumbled against Moses and said, "Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill dus and eour children and f7our livestock with thirst?" 4 So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, "What shall I do to this people? A 8little more and they will stone me." 5 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Pass before the people and take with you some of 9the elders of Israel; and take in your hand your staff with which 10you struck the Nile, and go. 6 "Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at 11Horeb; and 12you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 He named the place g13Massah and h14Meribah because of the quarrel of the sons of Israel, and because they 15tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us, or not?"
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