1Then#Num. 13:21; 33:36 the children of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in #Num. 13:26Kadesh; and #Ex. 15:20; Num. 26:59Miriam died there and was buried there.2#Ex. 17:1Now there was no water for the congregation; #Num. 16:19, 42so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. 3And the people #Ex. 17:2; Num. 14:2contended with Moses and spoke, saying: “If only we had died #Num. 11:1, 33; 14:37; 16:31–35, 49when our brethren died before the Lord! 4#Ex. 17:3Why have you brought up the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? 5And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.” 6So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and #Num. 14:5; 16:4, 22, 45they fell on their faces. And #Num. 14:10the glory of the Lord appeared to them.7Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 8#Ex. 4:17, 20; 17:5, 6“Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus #Neh. 9:15; Ps. 78:15, 16; 105:41; Is. 43:20; 48:21; (1 Cor. 10:4)you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” 9So Moses took the rod #Num. 17:10from before the Lord as He commanded him.10And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, #Ps. 106:33“Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; #Ex. 17:6; Deut. 8:15; Ps. 78:16; Is. 48:21; (1 Cor. 10:4)and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.12Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because #Num. 20:28; 27:14; Deut. 1:37; 3:26, 27; 34:5you did not believe Me, to #Lev. 10:3; Ezek. 20:41; 36:23; 1 Pet. 3:15hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”13#Deut. 33:8; Ps. 106:32This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the Lord, and He was hallowed among them.