bitterness, a fountain at the sixth station of the Israelites (Ex. 15:23, 24; Num. 33:8) whose waters were so bitter that they could not drink them. On this account they murmured against Moses, who, under divine direction, cast into the fountain "a certain tree" which took away its bitterness, so that the people drank of it. This was probably the 'Ain Hawarah, where there are still several springs of water that are very "bitter," distant some 47 miles from 'Ayun Mousa.
Coming to marah, they found only bitter water to drink, at which they began to murmur.
"Oh, I trust in heaven that it will be," said marah, fervently.
What matter if it was hard; if it was difficult; if it was bitter as marah and steep as Calvary?
He does not foresee that in Clara's matronly friend he will behold marah Rocke!
We must call you no longer marah (which is bitter), but we must call you Naomi (which is beautiful), mother!
There were no waters of marah near her spring of remembrance.
marah, my dear marah, God may forgive me, but can you—can you ever do so?
marah gently took her hand and drew her into a warm embrace.
Forgetting time, and place, she threw herself into the arms of marah Rocke and wept with delight.
"It is dear Clara's guardian," said marah Rocke, rising and listening.