'Water' in the Bible
Then God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters, separating water from water.”
So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above the expanse. And it was so.
Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.
God called the dry land “earth,” and He called the gathering of the water “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let the water swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”
So God created the large sea-creatures and every living creature that moves and swarms in the water, according to their kinds. He also created every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
But water would come out of the ground and water the entire surface of the land.
A river went out from Eden to water the garden. From there it divided and became the source of four rivers.
Noah was 600 years old when the flood came and water covered the earth.
The waters surged and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.
God remembered Noah, as well as all the wildlife and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water began to subside.
The water steadily receded from the earth, and by the end of 150 days the waters had decreased significantly.
Then he sent out a dove to see whether the water on the earth’s surface had gone down,
but the dove found no resting place for her foot. She returned to him in the ark because water covered the surface of the whole earth. He reached out and brought her into the ark to himself.
When the dove came to him at evening, there was a plucked olive leaf in her beak. So Noah knew that the water on the earth’s surface had gone down.
In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the water that had covered the earth was dried up. Then Noah removed the ark’s cover and saw that the surface of the ground was drying.
I will remember My covenant between Me and you and all the living creatures: water will never again become a flood to destroy every creature.
The Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.
Let a little water be brought, that you may wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree.
When the water in the skin was gone, she left the boy under one of the bushes.
Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the waterskin and gave the boy a drink.
But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the water well that Abimelech’s servants had seized.
He made the camels kneel beside a well of water outside the town at evening. This was the time when the women went out to draw water.
I am standing here at the spring where the daughters of the men of the town are coming out to draw water.
Let the girl to whom I say, ‘Please lower your water jug so that I may drink,’ and who responds, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels also’—let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. By this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.”
Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me have a little water from your jug.”
When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I’ll also draw water for your camels until they have had enough to drink.”
She quickly emptied her jug into the trough and hurried to the well again to draw water. She drew water for all his camels
So the man came to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and feed were given to the camels, and water was brought to wash his feet and the feet of the men with him.
I am standing here at a spring. Let the virgin who comes out to draw water, and I say to her: Please let me drink a little water from your jug,
and who responds to me, ‘Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels also’—let her be the woman the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.
“Before I had finished praying silently, there was Rebekah coming with her jug on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. So I said to her: Please let me have a drink.
She quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels also.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels.
Isaac reopened the water wells that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham and that the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died. He gave them the same names his father had given them.
Then Isaac’s slaves dug in the valley and found a well of spring water there.
But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Quarrel because they quarreled with him.
On that same day Isaac’s slaves came to tell him about the well they had dug, saying to him, “We have found water!”
When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the opening of the well and water the sheep. The stone was then placed back on the well’s opening.
Then Jacob said, “Look, it is still broad daylight. It’s not time for the animals to be gathered. Water the flock, then go out and let them graze.”
But they replied, “We can’t until all the flocks have been gathered and the stone is rolled from the well’s opening. Then we will water the sheep.”
He set the peeled branches in the troughs in front of the sheep—in the water channels where the sheep came to drink. And the sheep bred when they came to drink.
Then they took him and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.
The steward brought the men into Joseph’s house, gave them water to wash their feet, and got feed for their donkeys.
Turbulent as water, you will no longer excel,because you got into your father’s bedand you defiled it—he got into my bed.
When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”
Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.
They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”
And if they don’t believe even these two signs or listen to what you say, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the Nile will become blood on the ground.”
Go to Pharaoh in the morning. When you see him walking out to the water, stand ready to meet him by the bank of the Nile. Take in your hand the staff that turned into a snake.
This is what Yahweh says: Here is how you will know that I am Yahweh. Watch. I will strike the water in the Nile with the staff in my hand, and it will turn to blood.
The fish in the Nile will die, the river will stink, and the Egyptians will be unable to drink water from it.”
So the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron: Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt—over their rivers, canals, ponds, and all their water reservoirs—and they will become blood. There will be blood throughout the land of Egypt, even in wooden and stone containers.”
Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded; in the sight of Pharaoh and his officials, he raised the staff and struck the water in the Nile, and all the water in the Nile was turned to blood.
The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad the Egyptians could not drink water from it. There was blood throughout the land of Egypt.
All the Egyptians dug around the Nile for water to drink because they could not drink the water from the river.
The Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh when you see him going out to the water. Tell him: This is what Yahweh says: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.
Do not eat any of it raw or cooked in boiling water, but only roasted over fire—its head as well as its legs and inner organs.
Then Moses led Israel on from the Red Sea, and they went out to the Wilderness of Shur. They journeyed for three days in the wilderness without finding water.
They came to Marah, but they could not drink the water at Marah because it was bitter—that is why it was named Marah.
So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he threw it into the water, the water became drinkable.He made a statute and ordinance for them at Marah and He tested them there.
Then they came to Elim, where there were 12 springs of water and 70 date palms, and they camped there by the waters.
The entire Israelite community left the Wilderness of Sin, moving from one place to the next according to the Lord’s command. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.
So the people complained to Moses, “Give us water to drink.”“Why are you complaining to me?” Moses replied to them. “Why are you testing the Lord?”
But the people thirsted there for water, and grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you ever bring us out of Egypt to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”
I am going to stand there in front of you on the rock at Horeb; when you hit the rock, water will come out of it and the people will drink.” Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.
Worship the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. I will remove illnesses from you.
Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water.
“Make a bronze basin for washing and a bronze stand for it. Set it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it.
Whenever they enter the tent of meeting or approach the altar to minister by burning up an offering to the Lord, they must wash with water so that they will not die.
Then he took the calf they had made, burned it up, and ground it to powder. He scattered the powder over the surface of the water and forced the Israelites to drink the water.
Moses was there with the Lord 40 days and 40 nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. He wrote the Ten Commandments, the words of the covenant, on the tablets.
Place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it.
“Then bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water.
He set the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing.
The offerer must wash its entrails and shanks with water. Then the priest will burn all of it on the altar as a burnt offering, a fire offering of a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
But he is to wash the entrails and shanks with water. The priest will then present all of it and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt offering, a fire offering of a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
A clay pot in which the sin offering is boiled must be broken; if it is boiled in a bronze vessel, it must be scoured and rinsed with water.
Then Moses presented Aaron and his sons and washed them with water.
but he washed the entrails and shanks with water. He then burned the entire ram on the altar. It was a burnt offering for a pleasing aroma, a fire offering to the Lord as He had commanded Moses.
“This is what you may eat from all that is in the water: You may eat everything in the water that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or streams.
But these are to be detestable to you: everything in the seas or streams that does not have fins and scales among all the swarming things and other living creatures in the water.
Everything in the water that does not have fins and scales will be detestable to you.
When any one of them dies and falls on anything it becomes unclean—any item of wood, clothing, leather, sackcloth, or any implement used for work. It is to be rinsed with water and will remain unclean until evening; then it will be clean.
Any edible food coming into contact with that unclean water will become unclean, and any drinkable liquid in any container will become unclean.
A spring or cistern containing water will remain clean, but someone who touches a carcass in it will become unclean.
but if water has been put on the seed and one of their carcasses falls on it, it is unclean for you.
“This is the law concerning animals, birds, all living creatures that move in the water, and all creatures that swarm on the ground,
Then the priest will order that one of the birds be slaughtered over fresh water in a clay pot.
He is to take the live bird together with the cedar wood, scarlet yarn, and hyssop, and dip them all into the blood of the bird that was slaughtered over the fresh water.
The one who is to be cleansed must wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and bathe with water; he is clean. Afterward he may enter the camp, but he must remain outside his tent for seven days.
He is to shave off all his hair again on the seventh day: his head, his beard, his eyebrows, and the rest of his hair. He is to wash his clothes and bathe himself with water; he is clean.
and he is to slaughter one of the birds over a clay pot containing fresh water.
He will take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet yarn, and the live bird, dip them in the blood of the slaughtered bird and the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times.
He will purify the house with the blood of the bird, the fresh water, the live bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop, and the scarlet yarn.
Anyone who touches his bed is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.
Whoever sits on furniture that the man with the discharge was sitting on is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.
Whoever touches the body of the man with a discharge is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.
If the man with the discharge spits on anyone who is clean, he is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.
Whoever touches anything that was under him will be unclean until evening, and whoever carries such things is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.
If the man with the discharge touches anyone without first rinsing his hands in water, the person who was touched is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.
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