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massah

massah in the Bible

trial, temptation, a name given to the place where the Israelites, by their murmuring for want of water, provoked Jehovah to anger against them. It is also called Meribah (Ex. 17:7; Deut. 6:16; Ps. 95:8, 9; Heb. 3:8).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • I rackon his life is as sweet to him as yours is to yo', massah St. John.

    Young Captain Jack Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
  • Da is afraid to do dat, massah Jack—afraid some ob de sailors wot was drowned might haunt 'em.

    Young Captain Jack Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
  • "Yes, massah," was Sam's quiet reply, for he understood the reason of this sudden journey.

    Bad Hugh Mary Jane Holmes
  • "T'ank yo', massah; you is a real gen'man," and Ben's face relaxed into a broad smile.

    Young Captain Jack Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
  • Fragments of this early story of massah (testing) were incorporated by RP in his story of the manna and the quails, viz.

  • "Not wery, massah Jack," answered the faithful old colored man, and went to the house to bind up his wound.

    Young Captain Jack Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
  • The scene of that murmuring received both names, massah (temptation) and Meribah (strife).

  • Miss Ellis tell me somethin' nice for massah Hugh, ef he's dyin'—suffin make him so glad.

    Bad Hugh Mary Jane Holmes
  • I went ober after 'em an' da come in dis mornin', massah St. John.

    Young Captain Jack Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
  • "'Deed I will, massah Jack, if yo' wants me to," responded the colored man.

    Young Captain Jack Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield

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