'Water' in the Bible
Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.
God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters and let it separate water from water.
So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. It was so.
God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place and let dry ground appear." It was so.
God said, "Let the water swarm with swarms of living creatures and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."
God created the great sea creatures and every living and moving thing with which the water swarmed, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. God saw that it was good.
God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth."
Springs would well up from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.
Now a river flows from Eden to water the orchard, and from there it divides into four headstreams.
The dove could not find a resting place for its feet because water still covered the surface of the entire earth, and so it returned to Noah in the ark. He stretched out his hand, took the dove, and brought it back into the ark.
The Lord's angel found Hagar near a spring of water in the desert -- the spring that is along the road to Shur.
Let a little water be brought so that you may all wash your feet and rest under the tree.
Early in the morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He put them on her shoulders, gave her the child, and sent her away. So she went wandering aimlessly through the wilderness of Beer Sheba.
When the water in the skin was gone, she shoved the child under one of the shrubs.
Then God enabled Hagar to see a well of water. She went over and filled the skin with water, and then gave the boy a drink.
He made the camels kneel down by the well outside the city. It was evening, the time when the women would go out to draw water.
Here I am, standing by the spring, and the daughters of the people who live in the town are coming out to draw water.
I will say to a young woman, 'Please lower your jar so I may drink.' May the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac reply, 'Drink, and I'll give your camels water too.' In this way I will know that you have been faithful to my master."
Before he had finished praying, there came Rebekah with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah (Milcah was the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor).
Abraham's servant ran to meet her and said, "Please give me a sip of water from your jug."
When she had done so, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels too, until they have drunk as much as they want."
She quickly emptied her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw more water until she had drawn enough for all his camels.
So Abraham's servant went to the house and unloaded the camels. Straw and feed were given to the camels, and water was provided so that he and the men who were with him could wash their feet.
Here I am, standing by the spring. When the young woman goes out to draw water, I'll say, "Give me a little water to drink from your jug."
Then she will reply to me, "Drink, and I'll draw water for your camels too." May that woman be the one whom the Lord has chosen for my master's son.'
"Before I finished praying in my heart, along came Rebekah with her water jug on her shoulder! She went down to the spring and drew water. So I said to her, 'Please give me a drink.'
She quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and said, 'Drink, and I'll give your camels water too.' So I drank, and she also gave the camels water.
When Isaac's servants dug in the valley and discovered a well with fresh flowing water there,
the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen, saying, "The water belongs to us!" So Isaac named the well Esek because they argued with him about it.
That day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well they had dug. "We've found water," they reported.
When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone off the mouth of the well and water the sheep. Then they would put the stone back in its place over the well's mouth.
Then Jacob said, "Since it is still the middle of the day, it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. You should water the sheep and then go and let them graze some more."
"We can't," they said, "until all the flocks are gathered and the stone is rolled off the mouth of the well. Then we water the sheep."
Then they took him and threw him into the cistern. (Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.)
The servant in charge brought the men into Joseph's house. He gave them water, and they washed their feet. Then he gave food to their donkeys.
You are destructive like water and will not excel, for you got on your father's bed, then you defiled it -- he got on my couch!
When the child grew older she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, "Because I drew him from the water."
Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and began to draw water and fill the troughs in order to water their father's flock.
They said, "An Egyptian man rescued us from the shepherds, and he actually drew water for us and watered the flock!"
And if they do not believe even these two signs or listen to you, then take some water from the Nile and pour it out on the dry ground. The water you take out of the Nile will become blood on the dry ground."
Go to Pharaoh in the morning when he goes out to the water. Position yourself to meet him by the edge of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that was turned into a snake.
Thus says the Lord: "By this you will know that I am the Lord: I am going to strike the water of the Nile with the staff that is in my hand, and it will be turned into blood.
Fish in the Nile will die, the Nile will stink, and the Egyptians will be unable to drink water from the Nile."'"
Moses and Aaron did so, just as the Lord had commanded. Moses raised the staff and struck the water that was in the Nile right before the eyes of Pharaoh and his servants, and all the water that was in the Nile was turned to blood.
When the fish that were in the Nile died, the Nile began to stink, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. There was blood everywhere in the land of Egypt!
All the Egyptians dug around the Nile for water to drink, because they could not drink the water of the Nile.
The Lord said to Moses, "Get up early in the morning and position yourself before Pharaoh as he goes out to the water, and tell him, 'Thus says the Lord, "Release my people that they may serve me!
Do not eat it raw or boiled in water, but roast it over the fire with its head, its legs, and its entrails.
Moses stretched out his hand toward the sea, and the Lord drove the sea apart by a strong east wind all that night, and he made the sea into dry land, and the water was divided.
So the Israelites went through the middle of the sea on dry ground, the water forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.
The water returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen and all the army of Pharaoh that was coming after the Israelites into the sea -- not so much as one of them survived!
But the Israelites walked on dry ground in the middle of the sea, the water forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.
By the blast of your nostrils the waters were piled up, the flowing water stood upright like a heap, and the deep waters were solidified in the heart of the sea.
Then Moses led Israel to journey away from the Red Sea. They went out to the Desert of Shur, walked for three days into the desert, and found no water.
He cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When Moses threw it into the water, the water became safe to drink. There the Lord made for them a binding ordinance, and there he tested them.
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees, and they camped there by the water.
The whole community of the Israelites traveled on their journey from the Desert of Sin according to the Lord's instruction, and they pitched camp in Rephidim. Now there was no water for the people to drink.
So the people contended with Moses, and they said, "Give us water to drink!" Moses said to them, "Why do you contend with me? Why do you test the Lord?"
But the people were very thirsty there for water, and they murmured against Moses and said, "Why in the world did you bring us up out of Egypt -- to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?"
I will be standing before you there on the rock in Horeb, and you will strike the rock, and water will come out of it so that the people may drink." And Moses did so in plain view of the elders of Israel.
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath or that is in the water below.
You must serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will remove sickness from your midst.
"You are to present Aaron and his sons at the entrance of the tent of meeting. You are to wash them with water
"You are also to make a large bronze basin with a bronze stand for washing. You are to put it between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it,
When they enter the tent of meeting, they must wash with water so that they do not die. Also, when they approach the altar to minister by burning incense as an offering made by fire to the Lord,
He took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire, ground it to powder, poured it out on the water, and made the Israelites drink it.
So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread, and he did not drink water. He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
You are to put the large basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it.
"You are to bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent of meeting and wash them with water.
Then he put the large basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing.
Finally, the one presenting the offering must wash its entrails and its legs in water and the priest must offer all of it up in smoke on the altar -- it is a burnt offering, a gift of a soothing aroma to the Lord.
Then the one presenting the offering must wash the entrails and the legs in water, and the priest must present all of it and offer it up in smoke on the altar -- it is a burnt offering, a gift of a soothing aroma to the Lord.
Any clay vessel it is boiled in must be broken, and if it was boiled in a bronze vessel, then that vessel must be rubbed out and rinsed in water.
So Moses brought Aaron and his sons forward and washed them with water.
but the entrails and the legs he washed with water, and Moses offered the whole ram up in smoke on the altar -- it was a burnt offering for a soothing aroma, a gift to the Lord, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
"'These you can eat from all creatures that are in the water: Any creatures in the water that have both fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the streams, you may eat.
But any creatures that do not have both fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the streams, from all the swarming things of the water and from all the living creatures that are in the water, are detestable to you.
Any creature in the water that does not have both fins and scales is detestable to you.
Also, anything they fall on when they die will become unclean -- any wood vessel or garment or article of leather or sackcloth. Any such vessel with which work is done must be immersed in water and will be unclean until the evening. Then it will become clean.
Any food that may be eaten which becomes soaked with water will become unclean. Anything drinkable in any such vessel will become unclean.
However, a spring or a cistern which collects water will be clean, but one who touches their carcass will be unclean.
but if water is put on the seed and such a carcass falls on it, it is unclean to you.
This is the law of the land animals, the birds, all the living creatures that move in the water, and all the creatures that swarm on the land,
The priest will then command that one bird be slaughtered into a clay vessel over fresh water.
Then he is to take the live bird along with the piece of cedar wood, the scrap of crimson fabric, and the twigs of hyssop, and he is to dip them and the live bird in the blood of the bird slaughtered over the fresh water,
"The one being cleansed must then wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and bathe in water, and so be clean. Then afterward he may enter the camp, but he must live outside his tent seven days.
When the seventh day comes he must shave all his hair -- his head, his beard, his eyebrows, all his hair -- and he must wash his clothes, bathe his body in water, and so be clean.
and he is to slaughter one bird into a clay vessel over fresh water.
He must then take the piece of cedar wood, the twigs of hyssop, the scrap of crimson fabric, and the live bird, and dip them in the blood of the slaughtered bird and in the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times.
So he is to decontaminate the house with the blood of the bird, the fresh water, the live bird, the piece of cedar wood, the twigs of hyssop, and the scrap of crimson fabric,
Anyone who touches his bed must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
The one who sits on the furniture the man with a discharge sits on must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
The one who touches the body of the man with a discharge must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
If the man with a discharge spits on a person who is ceremonially clean, that person must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
Anyone who touches anything that was under him will be unclean until evening, and the one who carries those items must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
Anyone whom the man with the discharge touches without having rinsed his hands in water must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
A clay vessel which the man with the discharge touches must be broken, and any wooden utensil must be rinsed in water.
"'When the man with the discharge becomes clean from his discharge he is to count off for himself seven days for his purification, and he must wash his clothes, bathe in fresh water, and be clean.
"'When a man has a seminal emission, he must bathe his whole body in water and be unclean until evening,
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