Bible: Numbers 20:2-13

20:2 And there was no water for the community, and so they gathered themselves together against Moses and Aaron. 20:3 The people contended 1  with Moses, saying, 2 If only 3  we had died when our brothers died before the Lord! 20:4 Why 4  have you brought up the Lord’s community into this wilderness? So that 5  we and our cattle should die here? 20:5 Why 6  have you brought us up from Egypt only to bring us to 7  this dreadful place? It is no place for grain, or figs, or vines, or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink!

Moses Responds

20:6 So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting. They then threw themselves down with their faces to the ground, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. 20:7 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 20:8 Take the staff and assemble the community, you and Aaron your brother, and then speak 8  to the rock before their eyes. It will pour forth 9  its water, and you will bring water out of the rock for them, and so you will give the community and their beasts water to drink.”

20:9 So Moses took the staff from before the Lord, just as he commanded him. 20:10 Then Moses and Aaron gathered the community together in front of the rock, and he said to them, “Listen, you rebels, 10  must we bring 11  water out of this rock for you? 20:11 Then Moses raised his hand, and struck the rock twice with his staff. And water came out abundantly. So the community drank, and their beasts drank too.

The Lord’s Judgment

20:12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough 12  to show me as holy 13  before 14  the Israelites, therefore you will not bring this community into the land I have given them.” 15 

20:13 These are the waters of Meribah, because the Israelites contended with the Lord, and his holiness was maintained 16  among them.

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