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Exodus 14:1-31

14  And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying 2  “Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and camp in front of Pi-Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-Sephon: you shall camp opposite it, by the sea. 3  And the Pharaoh will say of the sons of Israel “They are wandering about the country at random; the wilderness shuts them in’; 4  and I will make the Pharaoh headstrong and he shall pursue you, and I will earn glory on the Pharaoh and all his troops, and the Egyptians shall find out that I am Jehovah”; and they did so. 5*  And it was reported to the king of Egypt that the people had made off; and the Pharaoh and his officers reversed their attitude toward the people and said “What is this we have been doing, to let the Israelites go out of our service?” 6  and he hitched up his chariot and took his soldiery with him, 7  and took six hundred picked chariots and all the chariots in Egypt, and knights on all of them, 8  and Jehovah made the Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, headstrong, and he pursued the sons of Israel while the sons of Israel were going out with a high hand. 9  And the Egyptians pursued them, and overtook them camping by the sea, all the Pharaoh’s chariot-ponies and cavalry horses and his troops, by Pi-Hahiroth, in front of Baal-Sephon. 10  And as the Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel raised their eyes and found that the Egyptians were marching after them, and were much afraid; and the sons of Israel cried out to Jehovah, 11  and said to Moses “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you took us to die in the wilderness? what is this you have done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? 12  Is not this the very thing we told you in Egypt, ‘Let the matter drop and let us stay slaves to the Egyptians, because we are better off as slaves to the Egyptians than dying in the wilderness’?” 13  And Moses said to the people “Do not be afraid; stand your ground and see Jehovah’s succor that he is going to give you today; for, while you do see the Egyptians today, you are never to see them again. 14  Jehovah will fight for you, and you shall be quiet.” 15  And Jehovah said to Moses “What are you doing crying to me? give the sons of Israel the word to march, 16  and do you lift up your stick and stretch out your hand over the sea and split it apart for the sons of Israel to go into the middle of the sea on dry ground. 17  And I am going to make the Egyptians so headstrong that they will go in after them, and I will earn glory on the Pharaoh and all his troops, his chariots and cavalry, 18  and the Egyptians shall find out that I am Jehovah when I earn glory on the Pharaoh, his chariots, and his cavalry.” 19  And the Angel of God who was going before the Israelite host moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them 20*  and came between the Egyptian host and the Israelite host; and there was clouding and darkening, and the night went past and the one had not come near the other all night. 21  And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and Jehovah ran the sea off by a strong east wind all night and laid the sea dry, and the water split apart, 22  and the sons of Israel went into the middle of the sea on dry ground, with the water for a wall on their right and their left. 23  And the Egyptians pursued and went in after them, all the Pharaoh’s ponies, his chariots and his cavalry, into the middle of the sea. 24  And in the morning watch Jehovah showed himself looking toward the Egyptian army in a pillar of fire and cloud and threw the Egyptian army into confusion, 25  and clogged their chariot wheels so that they had heavy driving; and the Egyptians said “Let us get away from the Israelites, because Jehovah is fighting for them against the Egyptians.” 26  And Jehovah said to Moses “Stretch out your hand over the sea and have the water come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and over their cavalry” 27  And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea came back to its level as morning drew on, while the Egyptians in their flight rushed to meet it; and Jehovah tumbled the Egyptians about in the middle of the sea. 28  And the water came back and covered the chariots and the cavalry, all the Pharaoh’s forces that had followed them into the sea: there was not one left of them; 29  but the sons of Israel had gone on dry ground in the middle of the sea, with the water for a wall on their right and their left. 30  And Jehovah saved the Israelites that day out of the hands of the Egyptians, and the Israelites saw the Egyptians dead on the sea-beach. 31  And the Israelites saw the great feat Jehovah had done against the Egyptians, and the people feared Jehovah and trusted Jehovah and his servant Moses.

Footnotes

14:5 Var.* that the people were getting away
14:20 Var. darkening, and it lighted the night and the one did