Numbers 20:13
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New International Version
These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the LORD and where he was proved holy among them.

New Living Translation
This place was known as the waters of Meribah (which means "arguing") because there the people of Israel argued with the LORD, and there he demonstrated his holiness among them.

English Standard Version
These are the waters of Meribah, where the people of Israel quarreled with the LORD, and through them he showed himself holy.

New American Standard Bible
Those were the waters of Meribah, because the sons of Israel contended with the LORD, and He proved Himself holy among them.

King James Bible
This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
These are the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the LORD, and He showed His holiness to them.

International Standard Version
Because the Israelis argued with the LORD and he was set apart among them, this place was called the Meribah Springs.

NET Bible
These are the waters of Meribah, because the Israelites contended with the LORD, and his holiness was maintained among them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This was the oasis of Meribah [Complaining], where the Israelites complained about the LORD and where he showed them he was holy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
These are the waters of Meribah; over which the sons of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.

King James 2000 Bible
This is the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified among them.

American King James Version
This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.

American Standard Version
These are the waters of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with Jehovah, and he was sanctified in them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
This is the Water of contradiction, where the children of Israel strove with words against the Lord, and he was sanctified in them.

Darby Bible Translation
These are the waters of Meribah, where the children of Israel contended with Jehovah, and he hallowed himself in them.

English Revised Version
These are the waters of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.

Webster's Bible Translation
This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.

World English Bible
These are the waters of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with Yahweh, and he was sanctified in them.

Young's Literal Translation
These are waters of Meribah, because the sons of Israel have 'striven' with Jehovah, and He is sanctified upon them.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:1-13 After thirty-eight years' tedious abode in the wilderness, the armies of Israel advanced towards Canaan again. There was no water for the congregation. We live in a wanting world, and wherever we are, must expect to meet with something to put us out. It is a great mercy to have plenty of water, a mercy which, if we found the want of, we should more own the worth of. Hereupon they murmured against Moses and Aaron. They spake the same absurd and brutish language their fathers had done. It made their crime the worse, that they had smarted so long for the discontent and distrusts of their fathers, yet they venture in the same steps. Moses must again, in God's name, command water out of a rock for them; God is as able as ever to supply his people with what is needful for them. But Moses and Aaron acted wrong. They took much of the glory of this work of wonder to themselves; Must we fetch water? As if it were done by some power or worthiness of their own. They were to speak to the rock, but they smote it. Therefore it is charged upon them, that they did not sanctify God, that is, they did not give to him alone that glory of this miracle which was due unto his name. And being provoked by the people, Moses spake unadvisedly with his lips. The same pride of man would still usurp the office of the appointed Mediator; and become to ourselves wisdom, righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. Such a state of sinful independence, such a rebellion of the soul against its Saviour, the voice of God condemns in every page of the gospel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - This is the water of Meribah, or "water of strife." Septuagint, ὕδωρ ἀντιλογίας. The word "Meribah" appears, however, to form part of a proper name in Deuteronomy 32:51. A similar use of the word is recorded in Exodus 17:7. That the same name was more or less definitely attached to these two scenes is only another way of saying that there was a strong similarity between the two sets of associations. At the same time the differences are so marked in the narratives that they leave very distinct impressions upon the mind. And he was sanctified in them, i.e., he revealed there his holiness and power, and put to silence their evil murmurings against him. He was sanctified in them all the more abundantly because Moses and Aaron failed to sanctify him in the eyes of the people; but what they failed to do he brought to pass without their agency.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

This is the water of Meribah,.... Or "strife": this is the name by which the water had in this place, and from this rock, was called; and which is the same name given to the place at Horeb, where a rock had been smitten, and water had flowed, as now, the first year they came out of Egypt; and to distinguish this from that, this is sometimes called Meribah-Kadesh, Deuteronomy 32:51, this being at Kadesh, as that was at Rephidim:

because the children of Israel strove with the Lord: for their chiding and striving with Moses was interpretatively striving with the Lord himself, whose ministers and servants they were:

and he was sanctified in them; that is, the glory of his divine perfections was displayed in them; either in the waters fetched out of the rock, which was a proof of the almighty power of God, and of his truth and faithfulness to his promises; or in the children of Israel, in whose sight, and for whose sake this miracle was wrought: the Targum of Jonathan expressly says, in Moses and Aaron, in not sparing these his saints, but expressing severity towards them for their sin; so Jarchi and Aben Ezra interpret it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. This is the water of Meribah—The word "Kadesh" is added to it [De 32:51] to distinguish it from another Meribah (Ex 17:7).

Numbers 20:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Water from the Rock
12But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them." 13Those were the waters of Meribah, because the sons of Israel contended with the LORD, and He proved Himself holy among them.
Cross References
Exodus 17:7
And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the LORD saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"

Deuteronomy 33:8
About Levi he said: "Your Thummim and Urim belong to your faithful servant. You tested him at Massah; you contended with him at the waters of Meribah.

Psalm 81:7
In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.

Psalm 95:8
"Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
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