Deuteronomy 6:16
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Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you did at Massah.

King James Bible
Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye shall not tempt Jehovah your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

World English Bible
You shall not tempt Yahweh your God, as you tempted him in Massah.

Young's Literal Translation
'Ye do not try Jehovah your God as ye tried in Massah;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Ye shall not tempt the Lord - Ye shall not provoke him by entertaining doubts of his mercy, goodness, providence, and truth.

As ye tempted him in Massah - How did they tempt him in Massah? They said, Is the Lord among us or not? Exodus 17:1-7. After such proofs as they had of his presence and his kindness, this was exceedingly provoking. Doubting God's kindness where there are so many evidences of it, is highly insulting to God Almighty.

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Matthew 4:7 Jesus said to him, It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.

Luke 4:12 And Jesus answering said to him, It is said, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.

tempted him

Exodus 17:2,7 Why the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said to them, Why chide you with me...

Numbers 20:3,4,13 And the people strived with Moses, and spoke, saying, Would God that we had died when our brothers died before the LORD!...

Numbers 21:4,5 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom...

Psalm 95:8,9 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness...

1 Corinthians 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

Hebrews 3:8,9 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness...

SECTION I. THE CHARACTER OF HOME EDUCATION. "Scratch the green rind of a sapling, or wantonly twist it in the soil, The scarred and crooked oak will tell of thee for centuries to come; Wherefore, though the voice of instruction waiteth for the ear of reason, Yet with his mother's milk the young child drinketh education." We come now to consider one of the most important features of the Christian home, viz., as a school for the education of character. This is important because of its vital bearing
Samuel Philips—The Christian Home

The rule of obedience being the moral law, comprehended in the Ten Commandments, the next question is: What is the sum of the Ten Commandments? The sum of the Ten Commandments is, to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind, and our neighbour as ourselves. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.' Deut 6: 5. The duty called for is love, yea, the strength of love, with all
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments

"Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge"
God's favor toward Israel had always been conditional on their obedience. At the foot of Sinai they had entered into covenant relationship with Him as His "peculiar treasure. . . above all people." Solemnly they had promised to follow in the path of obedience. "All that the Lord hath spoken we will do," they had said. Exodus 19:5, 8. And when, a few days afterward, God's law was spoken from Sinai, and additional instruction in the form of statutes and judgments was communicated through Moses, the
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

The Wilderness: Temptation. Matthew 4:1-11. Mark 1:12, 13. Luke 4:1-13.
The University of Arabia: Jesus' naturalness--the Spirit's presence--intensity, Luke 2:45-51.--a true perspective--- the temptation's path--sin's path--John's grouping, 1 John 2:16.--the Spirit's plan--why--the devil's weakness--the Spirit's leading--a wilderness for every God-used man, Moses, Elijah, Paul. Earth's Ugliest, Deepest Scar: Jesus the only one led up to be tempted--the wilderness--its history, Genesis 13:10-13. 18:16-19:38.--Jesus really tempted--no wrong here in inner response--every
S. D. Gordon—Quiet Talks about Jesus

Cross References
Matthew 4:7
Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

Luke 4:12
Jesus answered, "It is said: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

Exodus 17:2
So they quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water to drink." Moses replied, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the LORD to the test?"

Exodus 17:7
And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the LORD saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"

Deuteronomy 33:8
About Levi he said: "Your Thummim and Urim belong to your faithful servant. You tested him at Massah; you contended with him at the waters of Meribah.

Psalm 78:18
They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.

Psalm 95:8
"Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,

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