So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him.
He took six hundred of the best chariots,1 along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them.
The LORD hardened the heart2 of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.39
The Egyptians--all Pharaoh's horses4 and chariots, horsemena and troops5--pursued the Israelites and overtook6 them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.710
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried8 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?9 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!"1013
Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid.11 Stand firm and you will see12 the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see13 again.
The LORD will fight14 for you; you need only to be still."1515
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me?16 Tell the Israelites to move on.
Raise your staff17 and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water18 so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.