And the people (A)spoke against God and against Moses, (B)“Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and (C)we loathe this worthless food.”

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(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?”

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And he called the name of the place (A)Massah[a] and (B)Meribah,[b] 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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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 17:7 Massah means testing
  2. Exodus 17:7 Meribah means quarreling

18 They (A)tested God in their heart
    by demanding the food they craved.

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