Bible: Exodus 13:17-22

13:17

The Leading of God

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When Pharaoh released 2  the people, God did not lead them 3  by the way to the land 4  of the Philistines, 5  although 6  that was nearby, for God said, 7 Lest 8  the people change their minds 9  and return to Egypt when they experience 10  war.” 13:18 So God brought the people around by the way of the desert to the Red Sea, 11  and the Israelites went up from the land of Egypt prepared for battle. 12 

13:19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph 13  had made the Israelites solemnly swear, 14 God will surely attend 15  to you, and you will carry 16  my bones up from this place with you.”

13:20 They journeyed from Sukkoth and camped in Etham, on the edge of the desert. 13:21 Now the Lord was going before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them in the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, 17  so that they could 18  travel day or night. 19  13:22 He did not remove the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night from before the people. 20 

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