quarrel or strife. (1.) One of the names given by Moses to the fountain in the desert of Sin, near Rephidim, which issued from the rock in Horeb, which he smote by the divine command, "because of the chiding of the children of Israel" (Ex. 17:1-7). It was also called Massah (q.v.). It was probably in Wady Feiran, near Mount Serbal. (2.) Another fountain having a similar origin in the desert of Zin, near to Kadesh (Num. 27:14). The two places are mentioned together in Deut. 33:8. Some think the one place is called by the two names (Ps. 81:7). In smiting the rock at this place Moses showed the same impatience as the people (Num. 20:10-12). This took place near the close of the wanderings in the desert (Num. 20:1-24; Deut. 32:51).
At the rock, in Horeb, called meribah, Moses miraculously supplied the people with water.
Lady Huntingdon would have lent “meribah” gladly to this hymn, but Mason was not yet born.
meribah was early instructed in all the modern accomplishments, as well as in classical knowledge.
He strikes the rock of meribah, and water exudes from its crevices into a marble basin.
The scene of that murmuring received both names, Massah (temptation) and meribah (strife).
To satisfy the thirsty multitude Moses smote the rock and brought forth water at meribah.
The waters of meribah—the waters of meribah—for they were bitter!
These are the waters of meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
"The proving at the waters of meribah" is, according to the connection and in harmony with Exod.