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.
Raise your staff19 and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water20 so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.
I will harden the hearts21 of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them.22 And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen.
The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD23 when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen."
Then the angel of God,24 who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud25 also moved from in front and stood behind26 them,
coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness27 to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.
Then Moses stretched out his hand28 over the sea,29 and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind30 and turned it into dry land.31 The waters were divided,3222
and the Israelites went through the sea33 on dry ground,34 with a wall35 of water on their right and on their left.
The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and horsemen36 followed them into the sea.
During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud37 at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion.3825
He made the wheels of their chariots come offb so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting39 for them against Egypt."4026
Then the LORD 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."
Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place.41 The Egyptians were fleeing towardc it, and the LORD swept them into the sea.4228
The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen--the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea.43 Not one of them survived.4429
But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground,45 with a wall46 of water on their right and on their left.
That day the LORD saved47 Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore.
And when the Israelites saw the great power48 the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared49 the LORD and put their trust50 in him and in Moses his servant.