Exodus 15

The song of Moses and Miriam

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the  Lord :

‘I will sing to the  Lord,
for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
he has hurled into the sea.
‘The  Lord is my strength and my defence
Or song
;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The  Lord is a warrior;
the  Lord is his name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army
he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers
are drowned in the Red Sea.
Or the Sea of Reeds; also in verse 22

The deep waters have covered them;
they sank to the depths like a stone.
Your right hand,  Lord,
was majestic in power.
Your right hand,  Lord,
shattered the enemy.
‘In the greatness of your majesty
you threw down those who opposed you.
You unleashed your burning anger;
it consumed them like stubble.
By the blast of your nostrils
the waters piled up.
The surging waters stood up like a wall;
the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.
The enemy boasted,
“I will pursue, I will overtake them.
I will divide the spoils;
I will gorge myself on them.
I will draw my sword
and my hand will destroy them.”
10 But you blew with your breath,
and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
in the mighty waters.
11 Who among the gods
is like you,  Lord?
Who is like you –
majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory,
working wonders?
12 ‘You stretch out your right hand,
and the earth swallows your enemies.
13 In your unfailing love you will lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
to your holy dwelling.
14 The nations will hear and tremble;
anguish will grip the people of Philistia.
15 The chiefs of Edom will be terrified,
the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling,
the people
Or rulers
of Canaan will melt away;
16 terror and dread will fall on them.
By the power of your arm
they will be as still as a stone –
until your people pass by,  Lord,
until the people you bought
Or created
pass by.
17 You will bring them in and plant them
on the mountain of your inheritance –
the place,  Lord, you made for your dwelling,
the sanctuary,  Lord, your hands established.
18 ‘The  Lord reigns
for ever and ever.’

19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen
Or charioteers
went into the sea, the  Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground.
20 Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:

‘Sing to the  Lord,
for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
he has hurled into the sea.’

The waters of Marah and Elim

22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they travelled in the desert without finding water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.
Marah means bitter.
)
24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink?’

25 Then Moses cried out to the  Lord, and the  Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.

There the  Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.
26 He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the  Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the  Lord, who heals you.’

27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

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