Exodus 17:2

“Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore the people did chide with Moses and said, Giue vs water that wee may drinke. And Moses said vnto them, Why chide you with mee? Wherefore doe ye tempt the Lord ?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wherefore the people stove with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why strive ye with me? Wherefore do ye tempt Jehovah?
- American Standard Version (1901)

So the people were angry with Moses, and said, Give us water for drinking. And Moses said, Why are you angry with me? and why do you put God to the test?
- Basic English Bible

And the people contended with Moses, and said, Give us water, that we may drink! And Moses said to them, Why do ye dispute with me? Why do ye tempt Jehovah?
- Darby Bible

Wherefore the people contended with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said to them, Why chide you with me? why do ye tempt the LORD?
- Webster's Bible

Therefore the people quarreled with Moses, and said, "Give us water to drink." Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test Yahweh?"
- World English Bible

and the people strive with Moses, and say, `Give us water, and we drink.' And Moses saith to them, `What? -- ye strive with me, what? -- ye try Jehovah?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Wherefore the people strove with Moses, and said: 'Give us water that we may drink.' And Moses said unto them: 'Why strive ye with me? wherefore do ye try the LORD?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Exodus 17

  • A disciple
    "Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him." Prov. 27:22 In other words; you could grind [some kind of] people to powder, with goodness and righteousness and divine influence; and still they will be as ugly, hateful and hostile to the Spirit of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ. What must God do, to ever have a holy people?
  • Sylvia
    Glory be to God. He is worthy to be praised. HALLELUJAH!!
  • Hajara james
    This is a typical example of Good leader, when he got weary, Aaron and Hur gave their support the best way possible, they did not leave Moses with whole burden. As Christians, we should learn to give our support at all times no matter how little, it will go a long way
    God bless us all
  • Irene123
    V. 12 - when Aaron and Hur held up Moses' hands - it was a type of our supporting our pastors; not physically, but lifting him to God in prayer, for spiritual daily strength, because he does so much more during the week than just preach a sermon on Sunday, and - GOD BLESS THAT SUNDAY MESSAGE TO HIM AND US!! But he visits hosp., answers calls for backsliders in need ...........
  • Etta
    First of all i want to thank God for showing us ourselves and book exdous how we as people's find ourselves doubt his command if things dont go our way even Mose has to believe trust his words God has to speak encourage Mose he didn't know what to do with peoples they had lose hope were God brought them out of Egypt they didn't see point why they still had to go though dry places God test us same.
  • Charles pash
    I feel like exodus are the words this world needs to live by. Giving thanks to the lord should be number one ALLWAYS .

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