New International Version
Why did you bring the LORD's community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here?
King James Bible
And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?
Darby Bible Translation
And why have ye brought the congregation of Jehovah into this wilderness, that we should die there, we and our beasts?
World English Bible
Why have you brought the assembly of Yahweh into this wilderness, that we should die there, we and our animals?
Young's Literal Translation
and why have ye brought in the assembly of Jehovah unto this wilderness to die there, we and our beasts?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And there was no water for the congregation - The same occurrence took place to the children of Israel at Kadesh, as did formerly to their fathers at Rephidim, see Exodus 17:1; and as the fathers murmured, so also did the children.
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But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?"
All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness!
But when they came up out of Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea and on to Kadesh.
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