When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled,1 Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds2 about them and said, "What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!"
So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him.
He took six hundred of the best chariots,3 along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them.
The LORD hardened the heart4 of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.59
The Egyptians--all Pharaoh's horses6 and chariots, horsemena and troops7--pursued the Israelites and overtook8 them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.910
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried10 out to the LORD.
They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?11 What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?
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!"1213
Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid.13 Stand firm and you will see14 the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see15 again.
The LORD will fight16 for you; you need only to be still."1715
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me?18 Tell the Israelites to move on.