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).
I rackon his life is as sweet to him as yours is to yo', massah St. John.
Da is afraid to do dat, massah Jack—afraid some ob de sailors wot was drowned might haunt 'em.
"Yes, massah," was Sam's quiet reply, for he understood the reason of this sudden journey.
"T'ank yo', massah; you is a real gen'man," and Ben's face relaxed into a broad smile.
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.
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.
I went ober after 'em an' da come in dis mornin', massah St. John.
"'Deed I will, massah Jack, if yo' wants me to," responded the colored man.