When the king of Egypt was told that the Israelites had left, he and his officers changed their minds about them. They said, "What have we done? We have let the Israelites leave. We have lost our slaves!"
So the king prepared his war chariot and took his army with him.
He took six hundred of his best chariots, together with all the other chariots of Egypt, each with an officer in it.
The Lord made the king of Egypt stubborn, so he chased the Israelites, who were leaving victoriously.
The Egyptians -- with all the king's horses, chariot drivers, and army -- chased the Israelites. They caught up with them while they were camped by the Red Sea, near Pi Hahiroth and Baal Zephon.
When the Israelites saw the king and his army coming after them, they were very frightened and cried to the Lord for help.
They said to Moses, "What have you done to us? Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in the desert? There were plenty of graves for us in Egypt.
We told you in Egypt, 'Let us alone; we will stay and serve the Egyptians.' Now we will die in the desert."
But Moses answered, "Don't be afraid! Stand still and you will see the Lord save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again after today.
You only need to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you."
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Command the Israelites to start moving.