Bitter Water Made Sweet

Exodus 15

22 Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of a Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water. 23 When they came to b Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. 1 24 And the people c grumbled against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"

25 And he d cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, 2 and he e threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord 3 made for them a statute and a rule, and there he f tested them, 26 saying, g "If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the h diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, i your healer."

27 Then j they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 16:7
    The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.
    Genesis 25:18
    They settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settled over against all his kinsmen.
    1 Samuel 15:7
    And Saul defeated the Amalekites from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt.
  2. Cross References
    Ruth 1:20
    She said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 16:2
    And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.
    Exodus 17:3
    But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 14:10
    When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord.
    Exodus 17:4
    So Moses cried to the Lord, "What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.
  5. Cross References
    2 Kings 2:21
    Then he went to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, "Thus says the Lord, I have healed this water; from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it.
    2 Kings 4:41
    He said, "Then bring flour." And he threw it into the pot and said, "Pour some out for the men, that they may eat." And there was no harm in the pot.
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 16:4
    Then the Lord said to Moses, "Behold, I am abou...
    Deuteronomy 8:2
    And you shall remember the whole way that the L...
    Deuteronomy 8:16
    Who fed you in the wilderness with manna that y...
    Judges 2:22
    In order to test Israel by them, whether they w...
    Judges 3:1
    Now these are the nations that the Lord left, t...
    Judges 3:4
    They were for the testing of Israel, to know wh...
    Psalms 66:10
    For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried ...
  7. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:3 - 13
    If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them.
    Deuteronomy 7:12 - 15
    And because you listen to these rules and keep and do them, the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the steadfast love that he swore to your fathers.
  8. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 28:27
    The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, and with tumors and scabs and itch, of which you cannot be healed.
    Deuteronomy 28:60
    And he will bring upon you again all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.
  9. Cross References
    Exodus 23:25
    You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.
    Psalms 103:3
    Who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases.
    Psalms 147:3
    He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
    Hosea 6:1
    Come, let us return to the Lord ; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
  10. Cross References
    Numbers 33:9
    And they set out from Marah and came to Elim; at Elim there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they camped there.
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