|5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh
and his officials changed their minds about them and said, "What
have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their
services!" 6 So he had his chariot made ready and took his army
with him; 7 he took six hundred of the best chariots, along with
all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them.
10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there
were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and
cried out to Yahweh. 11 They said to Moses, "Was it because there
were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?
What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn't
we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'?
It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to
die in the desert!" 13 Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid.
Stand firm and you will see the deliverance Yahweh will bring
you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
14 Yahweh will fight for you; you need only to be still." 19 Then
the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's
army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud moved
from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies
of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness
to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near
the other all night long. 21b All that night Yahweh drove the sea back with a strong east wind
and turned it into dry land. 24 During the last watch of the night
Yahweh looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian
army and threw it into confusion. 25 He made the wheels of their
chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving, so the
Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites! Yahweh is
fighting for them against Egypt." 27bc At daybreak the sea went
back to its place, and the Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and
Yahweh swept them into the sea. 30 That day Yahweh saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians,
and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when
the Israelites saw the great power Yahweh displayed against the
Egyptians, the people feared Yahweh and put their trust in him
and in Moses his servant.
||1 Then Yahweh said to Moses, 2 "Tell the Israelites to turn back
and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They
are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. 3 Pharaoh
will think, 'The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion,
hemmed in by the desert.' 4 I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and
he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through
Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am
Yahweh." So the Israelites did this. 8 Yahweh hardened the heart
of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who
were marching out boldly. 9 The Egyptians-all Pharaoh's horses
and chariots, horsemen and troops-pursued the Israelites and overtook
them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal
Zephon. 15 Then Yahweh said to Moses, "Why are you crying out
to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and
stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that
the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will
harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after
them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army,
through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know
that I am Yahweh when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots
and his horsemen." 21ac Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the waters
were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry
ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh's horses and chariots
and horsemen followed them into the sea. 26 Then Yahweh said to
Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters
may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen."
27a Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, 28 and the water
flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen-the entire army
of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. 29 But the Israelites went through
the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and
on their left.