The Water of Meribah - Numbers 20

Then came the children of Israel, even the whole  congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and  the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and  was buried there. Numbers 20:1  KJV

Numbers 20:2 And there was no water for the  congregation: and they gathered themselves together against  Moses and against Aaron. 

Numbers 20:3 And the people chode  with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had  died when our brethren died before the LORD! 

Numbers 20:4 And  why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into  this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?  

Numbers 20:5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of  Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of  seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is  there any water to drink. 

Numbers 20:6 And Moses and Aaron  went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the  tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their  faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.   

Numbers 20:7 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 

Numbers 20:8  Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou,  and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before  their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt  bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give  the congregation and their beasts drink. 

Numbers 20:9 And Moses  took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.  

Numbers 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation  together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now,  ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? 

Numbers 20:11  And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the  rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the  congregation drank, and their beasts also.  

Numbers 20:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron,  Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of  the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this  congregation into the land which I have given them.   

Numbers 20:13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children  of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in  them.  

Numbers 20:14 And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto  the king of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou  knowest all the travail that hath befallen us: 

Numbers 20:15 How  our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in  Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our  fathers: 

Numbers 20:16 And when we cried unto the LORD, he  heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us  forth out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in  the uttermost of thy border: 

Numbers 20:17 Let us pass, I pray thee,  through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or  through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water  of the wells: we will go by the king’s high way, we will  not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have  passed thy borders. 

Numbers 20:18 And Edom said unto him, Thou  shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the  sword. 

Numbers 20:19 And the children of Israel said unto him,  We will go by the high way: and if I and my cattle drink of  thy water, then I will pay for it: I will only, without doing  any thing else, go through on my feet. 

Numbers 20:20 And he  said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out  against him with much people, and with a strong hand.  

Numbers 20:21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through  his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him.  

Numbers 20:22 And the children of Israel, even the whole  congregation, journeyed from Kadesh, and came unto  mount Hor. 

Numbers 20:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses and  Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom,  saying, 

Numbers 20:24 Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for  he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the  children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at  the water of Meribah. 

Numbers 20:25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his  son, and bring them up unto mount Hor: 

Numbers 20:26 And strip  Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son:  and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die  there. 

Numbers 20:27 And Moses did as the LORD commanded:  and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the  congregation. 

Numbers 20:28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his  garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron  died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar  came down from the mount. 

Numbers 20:29 And when all the  congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for  Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.    

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