Exodus 14 (New American Standard)

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Pharaoh in Pursuit

1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and camp before 1Pi-hahiroth, between 2Migdol and the sea; you shall camp in front of Baal-zephon, opposite it, by the sea. 3 "For Pharaoh will say of the sons of Israel, 'They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.' 4 "Thus 3I will aharden Pharaoh's heart, and 4he will chase after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and 5the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD." And they did so. 5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, bPharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, "What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?" 6 So he made his chariot ready and took his people with him; 7 and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. 8 6The LORD chardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out d7boldly . 9 Then 8the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, 9beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. 10 As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel elooked , and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; 10so the sons of Israel cried out to the LORD. 11 Then 11they said to Moses, "Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, fbringing us out of Egypt? 12 "12Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, 'gLeave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians '? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness."

The Sea Is Divided

13 But Moses said to the people, "13Do not fear! hStand by and see 14the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever . 14 "15The LORD will fight for you while 16you keep silent." 15 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. 16 "As for you, lift up 17your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall igo through the midst of the sea on dry land. 17 "As for Me, behold, 18I will jharden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 "19Then the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD, when I am honored through Pharaoh, through his chariots and his horsemen." 19 20The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud kalong with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night. 21 21Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD lswept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into 22dry land, so 23the waters were divided. 22 24The sons of Israel mwent through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and 25the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 Then 26the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea. 24 At the morning watch, 27the LORD looked down on the narmy of the Egyptians othrough the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the parmy of the Egyptians into confusion. 25 He qcaused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, "Let rus flee from Israel, 28for the LORD is fighting for them against the Egyptians." 26 Then the LORD said to Moses, "29Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen." 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and 30the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing sright into it; then the LORD t31overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, ueven Pharaoh's entire army that had gone into the sea after them; 32not even one of them remained. 29 But the sons of Israel walked on 33dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 30 34Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel 35saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore . 31 When Israel saw the great vpower which the LORD had wused against the Egyptians, the people xfeared the LORD, and 36they believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses.
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