Exodus 17:2-7

2 a  Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you b  test the  Lord?” 3But the people thirsted there for water, and c  the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” 4So Moses cried to the  Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready d  to stone me.” 5And the  Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with e  which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 f  Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7And he called the name of the place g  Massah
 Massah means testing
and i  Meribah,
 Meribah means quarreling
because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the  Lord by saying, “Is the  Lord among us or not?”

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