Exodus 14:1-12 (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."
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