Pharaoh in Pursuit1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and camp before a Pi-hahiroth, between b Migdol and the sea; you shall camp in front of Baal-zephon, opposite it, by the sea. 3 “For Pharaoh will say of the sons of Israel, ‘They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ 4 “Thus c I will ▼
▼ Lit make strongharden Pharaoh’s heart, and e he will chase after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and f the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” And they did so. 5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled ▼
▼ Lit the heart of Pharaoh...was changedPharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” 6 So he made his chariot ready and took his people with him; 7 and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. 8 h The Lord ▼
▼ Lit made stronghardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out ▼
▼ Lit with a high hand, k boldly. 9 Then l the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, m beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. 10 As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel ▼
▼ Lit lifted up their eyeslooked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; o so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 Then p they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, ▼
▼ Lit so as to bringbringing us out of Egypt? 12 r “Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘ ▼
▼ Lit Cease from usLeave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
The Sea Is Divided13 But Moses said to the people t “Do not fear! ▼
▼ Or Take your standStand by and see v the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. 14 w “The Lord will fight for you while x you keep silent.” 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. 16 “As for you, lift up y your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall ▼
▼ Lit enter thego through the midst of the sea on dry land. 17 “As for Me, behold, aa I will ▼
▼ Lit make strongharden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 ac “Then the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord, when I am honored through Pharaoh, through his chariots and his horsemen.” 19 ad The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud ▼
▼ Lit and the darknessalong with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night. 21 af Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord ▼
▼ Lit caused to goswept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into ah dry land, so ai the waters were divided. 22 aj The sons of Israel ▼
▼ Lit entered thewent through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and al the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 Then am the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea. 24 At the morning watch an the Lord looked down on the ▼
▼ Lit camparmy of the Egyptians ▼
▼ Or inthrough the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the ▼
▼ Lit camparmy of the Egyptians into confusion. 25 He ▼
▼ Or removedcaused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, “Let ▼
▼ Lit meus flee from Israel, at for the Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians.” 26 Then the Lord said to Moses, au “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and av the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing ▼
▼ Lit to meet itright into it; then the Lord ▼
▼ Lit shook off, ay overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen ▼
▼ Lit in respect toeven Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; ba not even one of them remained. 29 But the sons of Israel walked on bb dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 30 bc Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel bd saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 When Israel saw the great ▼
▼ Lit handpower which the Lord had ▼
▼ Lit doneused against the Egyptians, the people ▼
▼ Or reveredfeared the Lord, and bh they believed in the Lord and in His servant Moses.
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