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10 Bible Verses about Bitter Water

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Numbers 5:24

The woman is to drink the bitter water that brings a curse and the water that brings a curse is to be considered contaminated.

James 3:11

A spring cannot pour both fresh and brackish water from the same opening, can it?

Exodus 15:23

When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water at Marah because it was bitter. (That is why it's called Marah.)

Exodus 15:22-26

Then Moses led Israel from the Reed Sea and they went to the desert of Shur. They traveled into the desert for three days and did not find water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water at Marah because it was bitter. (That is why it's called Marah.) Then the people complained against Moses: "What are we to drink?" read more.
Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree, which he threw into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD presented to them a statute and an ordinance, and there he tested them. He said, "If you will carefully obey the LORD your God, do what he sees to be right, listen to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, then I won't inflict on you all the diseases that I inflicted on the Egyptians, because I am the LORD your healer."

Numbers 5:23

"Then the priest is to write all of these words in a document and wipe it off with the contaminated water.

Numbers 5:19

"The priest is to administer this oath to the woman: "If indeed another man didn't have sexual relations with you and you didn't become unfaithful to your husband, then may you be free from these waters that bring a curse.

Numbers 5:18-27

The priest is to have the woman stand in the LORD's presence, uncover her head, and put the grain offering as a memorial, a reminder of jealousy, into her hands. The priest is also to have in his hand the contaminated water that carries a curse. "The priest is to administer this oath to the woman: "If indeed another man didn't have sexual relations with you and you didn't become unfaithful to your husband, then may you be free from these waters that bring a curse. But if you have become unfaithful to your husband and have become defiled because a man who isn't your husband has had sexual relations with you"' read more.
then the priest is to have the woman commit to an oath by saying to the woman, "May the LORD make you a curse and a curse among your people. When the LORD makes your thigh waste away and your abdomen swell and this water that brings a curse enters your abdomen, making it swell and your thigh waste away.' "Then the woman is to say "Amen.' "Then the priest is to write all of these words in a document and wipe it off with the contaminated water. The woman is to drink the bitter water that brings a curse and the water that brings a curse is to be considered contaminated. The priest is to take the offering of jealousy from the woman's hand, wave the offering in the LORD's presence, and have her approach the altar. The priest is to take a handful of grain from the memorial and offer a sacrifice on the altar, after which he is to have the woman drink the water. When he has had her drink the water, if she was defiled and had acted unfaithfully toward her husband, then the contaminated water that brings a curse will enter her and infect her, causing her abdomen to swell and her thigh to waste away. Then she is to be a cursed woman among her people.

Revelation 8:11

The name of the star is Wormwood. One-third of the water turned into wormwood, and many people died from the water because it had turned bitter.

Numbers 5:18

The priest is to have the woman stand in the LORD's presence, uncover her head, and put the grain offering as a memorial, a reminder of jealousy, into her hands. The priest is also to have in his hand the contaminated water that carries a curse.

Numbers 5:27

When he has had her drink the water, if she was defiled and had acted unfaithfully toward her husband, then the contaminated water that brings a curse will enter her and infect her, causing her abdomen to swell and her thigh to waste away. Then she is to be a cursed woman among her people.

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Numbers 5:18-27

The priest is to have the woman stand in the LORD's presence, uncover her head, and put the grain offering as a memorial, a reminder of jealousy, into her hands. The priest is also to have in his hand the contaminated water that carries a curse. "The priest is to administer this oath to the woman: "If indeed another man didn't have sexual relations with you and you didn't become unfaithful to your husband, then may you be free from these waters that bring a curse. But if you have become unfaithful to your husband and have become defiled because a man who isn't your husband has had sexual relations with you"' read more.
then the priest is to have the woman commit to an oath by saying to the woman, "May the LORD make you a curse and a curse among your people. When the LORD makes your thigh waste away and your abdomen swell and this water that brings a curse enters your abdomen, making it swell and your thigh waste away.' "Then the woman is to say "Amen.' "Then the priest is to write all of these words in a document and wipe it off with the contaminated water. The woman is to drink the bitter water that brings a curse and the water that brings a curse is to be considered contaminated. The priest is to take the offering of jealousy from the woman's hand, wave the offering in the LORD's presence, and have her approach the altar. The priest is to take a handful of grain from the memorial and offer a sacrifice on the altar, after which he is to have the woman drink the water. When he has had her drink the water, if she was defiled and had acted unfaithfully toward her husband, then the contaminated water that brings a curse will enter her and infect her, causing her abdomen to swell and her thigh to waste away. Then she is to be a cursed woman among her people.

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Exodus 15:23

When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water at Marah because it was bitter. (That is why it's called Marah.)

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