In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin,1 and they stayed at Kadesh.2 There Miriam3 died and was buried.
Now there was no water4 for the community,5 and the people gathered in opposition6 to Moses and Aaron.
They quarreled7 with Moses and said, "If only we had died when our brothers fell dead8 before the LORD!94
Why did you bring the LORD's community into this desert,10 that we and our livestock should die here?115
Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates.12 And there is no water to drink!13"
Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting14 and fell facedown,15 and the glory of the LORD 16 appeared to them.
The LORD said to Moses,
"Take the staff,17 and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water.18 You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink."
So Moses took the staff19 from the LORD's presence,20 just as he commanded him.
He and Aaron gathered the assembly together21 in front of the rock and Moses said to them, "Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?"2211
Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water23 gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy24 in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them."2513
These were the waters of Meribah,a26 where the Israelites quarreled27 with the LORD and where he showed himself holy among them.28