20:13 These are the waters of Meribah, because the Israelites contended with the Lord, and his holiness was maintained 1 among them.
20:24 “Aaron will be gathered to his ancestors, 2 for he will not enter into the land I have given to the Israelites because both of you 3 rebelled against my word 4 at the waters of Meribah.
1 tn The form is unusual – it is the Niphal preterite, and not the normal use of the Piel/Pual stem for “sanctify/sanctified.” The basic idea of “he was holy” has to be the main idea, but in this context it refers to the fact that through judging Moses God was making sure people ensured his holiness among them. The word also forms a wordplay on the name Kadesh.
2 sn This is the standard poetic expression for death. The bones would be buried, often with the bones of relatives in the same tomb, giving rise to the expression.
3 tn The verb is in the second person plural form, and so it is Moses and Aaron who rebelled, and so now because of that Aaron first and then Moses would die without going into the land.
4 tn Heb “mouth.”