Bible: Exodus 14-15


The Victory at the Red Sea


The Lord spoke to Moses: 14:2 Tell the Israelites that they must turn and camp 2  before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea; you are to camp by the sea before Baal Zephon opposite it. 3  14:3 Pharaoh will think 4  regarding the Israelites, ‘They are wandering around confused 5  in the land – the desert has closed in on them.’ 6  14:4 I will harden 7  Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after them. I will gain honor 8  because of Pharaoh and because of all his army, and the Egyptians will know 9  that I am the Lord.” So this is what they did. 10 

14:5 When it was reported 11  to the king of Egypt that the people had fled, 12  the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people, and the king and his servants said, 13 What in the world have we done? 14  For we have released the people of Israel 15  from serving us! 14:6 Then he prepared 16  his chariots and took his army 17  with him. 14:7 He took six hundred select 18  chariots, and all the rest of the chariots of Egypt, 19  and officers 20  on all of them.

14:8 But the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he chased after the Israelites. Now the Israelites were going out defiantly. 21  14:9 The Egyptians chased after them, and all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh and his horsemen and his army overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, before Baal-Zephon. 14:10 When 22  Pharaoh got closer, 23  the Israelites looked up, 24  and there were the Egyptians marching after them, 25  and they were terrified. 26  The Israelites cried out to the Lord, 27  14:11 and they said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the desert? 28  What in the world 29  have you done to us by bringing 30  us out of Egypt? 14:12 Isn’t this what we told you 31  in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone so that we can serve the Egyptians, 32  because it is better for us to serve 33  the Egyptians than to die in the desert!’ 34 

14:13 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! 35  Stand firm 36  and see 37  the salvation 38  of the Lord that he will provide 39  for you today; for the Egyptians that you see today you will never, ever see again. 40  14:14 The Lord 41  will fight for you, and you can be still.” 42 

14:15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 43  14:16 And as for you, 44  lift up your staff and extend your hand toward the sea and divide it, so that 45  the Israelites may go through the middle of the sea on dry ground. 14:17 And as for me, I am going to harden 46  the hearts of the Egyptians so that 47  they will come after them, that I may be honored 48  because 49  of Pharaoh and his army and his chariots and his horsemen. 14:18 And the Egyptians will know 50  that I am the Lord when I have gained my honor 51  because of Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

14:19 The angel of God, who was going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them, and the pillar 52  of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. 14:20 It came between the Egyptian camp and the Israelite camp; it was a dark cloud 53  and it lit up the night so that one camp did not come near the other 54  the whole night. 55  14:21 Moses stretched out his hand toward the sea, and the Lord drove the sea apart 56  by a strong east wind all that night, and he made the sea into dry land, and the water was divided. 14:22 So the Israelites went through the middle of the sea on dry ground, the water forming a wall 57  for them on their right and on their left.

14:23 The Egyptians chased them and followed them into the middle of the sea – all the horses of Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen. 14:24 In the morning watch 58  the Lord looked down 59  on the Egyptian army 60  through the pillar of fire and cloud, and he threw the Egyptian army 61  into a panic. 62  14:25 He jammed 63  the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving, 64  and the Egyptians said, “Let’s flee 65  from Israel, for the Lord fights 66  for them against Egypt!

14:26 The Lord said to Moses, “Extend your hand toward the sea, so that the waters may flow 67  back on the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen! 14:27 So Moses extended his hand toward the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state 68  when the sun began to rise. 69  Now the Egyptians were fleeing 70  before it, but the Lord overthrew 71  the Egyptians in the middle of the sea. 14:28 The water returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen and all the army of Pharaoh that was coming after the Israelites into the sea 72 not so much as one of them survived! 73  14:29 But the Israelites walked on dry ground in the middle of the sea, the water forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. 14:30 So the Lord saved 74  Israel on that day from the power 75  of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead 76  on the shore of the sea. 14:31 When Israel saw 77  the great power 78  that the Lord had exercised 79  over the Egyptians, they 80  feared the Lord, and they believed in 81  the Lord and in his servant Moses. 82 


The Song of Triumph


Then Moses and the Israelites sang 84  this song to the Lord. They said, 85 

“I will sing 86  to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously, 87 

the horse and its rider 88  he has thrown into the sea.

15:2 The Lord 89  is my strength and my song, 90 

and he has become my salvation.

This is my God, and I will praise him, 91 

my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

15:3 The Lord is a warrior, 92 

the Lord is his name. 93 

15:4 The chariots of Pharaoh 94  and his army he has thrown into the sea,

and his chosen 95  officers were drowned 96  in the Red Sea.

15:5 The depths have covered them, 97 

they went down to the bottom 98  like a stone.

15:6 Your right hand, O Lord, was majestic 99  in power,

your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy.

15:7 In the abundance of your majesty 100  you have overthrown 101 

those who rise up against you. 102 

You sent forth 103  your wrath; 104 

it consumed them 105  like stubble.

15:8 By the blast of your nostrils 106  the waters were piled up,

the flowing water stood upright like a heap, 107 

and the deep waters were solidified in the heart of the sea.

15:9 The enemy said, ‘I will chase, 108  I will overtake,

I will divide the spoil;

my desire 109  will be satisfied on them.

I will draw 110  my sword, my hand will destroy them.’ 111 

15:10 But 112  you blew with your breath, and 113  the sea covered them.

They sank 114  like lead in the mighty waters.

15:11 Who is like you, 115  O Lord, among the gods? 116 

Who is like you? – majestic in holiness, fearful in praises, 117  working wonders?

15:12 You stretched out your right hand,

the earth swallowed them. 118 

15:13 By your loyal love you will lead 119  the people whom 120  you have redeemed;

you will guide 121  them by your strength to your holy dwelling place.

15:14 The nations will hear 122  and tremble;

anguish 123  will seize 124  the inhabitants of Philistia.

15:15 Then the chiefs of Edom will be terrified, 125 

trembling will seize 126  the leaders of Moab,

and the inhabitants of Canaan will shake.

15:16 Fear and dread 127  will fall 128  on them;

by the greatness 129  of your arm they will be as still as stone 130 

until 131  your people pass by, O Lord,

until the people whom you have bought 132  pass by.

15:17 You will bring them in 133  and plant them in the mountain 134  of your inheritance,

in the place you made 135  for your residence, O Lord,

the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established.

15:18 The Lord will reign forever and ever!

15:19 For the horses of Pharaoh came with his chariots and his footmen into the sea,

and the Lord brought back the waters of the sea on them,

but the Israelites walked on dry land in the middle of the sea.”

15:20 Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a hand-drum in her hand, and all the women went out after her with hand-drums and with dances. 136  15:21 Miriam sang in response 137  to them, “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and its rider he has thrown into the sea.” 138 


The Bitter Water


Then Moses led Israel to journey 140  away from the Red Sea. They went out to the Desert of Shur, walked for three days 141  into the desert, and found no water. 15:23 Then they came to Marah, 142  but they were not able to drink 143  the waters of Marah, because 144  they were bitter. 145  (That is 146  why its name was 147  Marah.)

15:24 So the people murmured 148  against Moses, saying, “What can 149  we drink? 15:25 He cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him 150  a tree. 151  When Moses 152  threw it into the water, the water became safe to drink. There the Lord 153  made for them 154  a binding ordinance, 155  and there he tested 156  them. 15:26 He said, “If you will diligently obey 157  the Lord your God, and do what is right 158  in his sight, and pay attention 159  to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, then all 160  the diseases 161  that I brought on the Egyptians I will not bring on you, for I, the Lord, am your healer.” 162 

15:27 Then they came to Elim, 163  where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees, and they camped there by the water.

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