Exodus 13; Exodus 14; Exodus 15

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Exodus 13

1 The LORD said to Moses:
2 Dedicate to me all your oldest children. Each first offspring from any Israelite womb belongs to me, whether human or animal.
3 Moses said to the people, “Remember this day which is the day that you came out of Egypt, out of the place you were slaves, because the LORD acted with power to bring you out of there. No leavened bread may be eaten.
4 Today, in the month of Abib, you are going to leave.
5 The LORD will bring you to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. It is the land that the LORD promised your ancestors to give to you, a land full of milk and honey. You should perform this ritual in this month.
6 You must eat unleavened bread for seven days. The seventh day is a festival to the LORD.
7 Only unleavened bread should be eaten for seven days. No leavened bread and no yeast should be seen among you in your whole country.
8 You should explain to your child on that day, ‘It's because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'
9 “It will be a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead so that you will often discuss the LORD's Instruction, for the LORD brought you out of Egypt with great power.
10 So you should follow this regulation at its appointed time every year.
11 "When the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites and gives it to you as promised to you and your ancestors,
12 you should set aside for the LORD whatever comes out of the womb first. All of the first males born to your animal belong to the LORD.
13 But every first male donkey you should ransom with a sheep. If you don't ransom it, you must break its neck. You should ransom every oldest male among your children.
14 When in the future your child asks you, ‘What does this mean?' you should answer, ‘The LORD brought us with great power out of Egypt, out of the place we were slaves.
15 When Pharaoh refused to let us go, the LORD killed all the oldest offspring in the land of Egypt, from the oldest sons to the oldest male animals. That is why I offer to the LORD as a sacrifice every male that first comes out of the womb. But I ransom my oldest sons.'
16 It will be a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the LORD brought us out of Egypt with great power."
17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God didn't lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, even though that was the shorter route. God thought, If the people have to fight and face war, they will run back to Egypt.
18 So God led the people by the roundabout way of the Reed Sea desert. The Israelites went up out of the land of Egypt ready for battle.
19 Moses took with him Joseph's bones just as Joseph had made Israel's sons promise when he said to them, "When God takes care of you, you must carry my bones out of here with you."
20 They set out from Succoth and camped at Etham on the edge of the desert.
21 The LORD went in front of them during the day in a column of cloud to guide them and at night in a column of lightning to give them light. This way they could travel during the day and at night.
22 The column of cloud during the day and the column of lightning at night never left its place in front of the people.
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Exodus 14

1 Then the LORD said to Moses:
2 Tell the Israelites to turn back and set up camp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea in front of Baal-zephon. You should set up camp in front of it by the sea.
3 Pharaoh will think to himself, The Israelites are lost and confused in the land. The desert has trapped them.
4 I'll make Pharaoh stubborn, and he'll chase them. I'll gain honor at the expense of Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD. And they did exactly that.
5 When Egypt's king was told that the people had run away, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about the people. They said, "What have we done, letting Israel go free from their slavery to us?"
6 So he sent for his chariot and took his army with him.
7 He took six hundred elite chariots and all of Egypt's other chariots with captains on all of them.
8 The LORD made Pharaoh, Egypt's king, stubborn, and he chased the Israelites, who were leaving confidently.
9 The Egyptians, including all of Pharaoh's horse-drawn chariots, his cavalry, and his army, chased them and caught up with them as they were camped by the sea, by Pi-hahiroth in front of Baal-zephon.
10 As Pharaoh drew closer, the Israelites looked back and saw the Egyptians marching toward them. The Israelites were terrified and cried out to the LORD.
11 They said to Moses, "Weren't there enough graves in Egypt that you took us away to die in the desert? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt like this?
12 Didn't we tell you the same thing in Egypt? ‘Leave us alone! Let us work for the Egyptians!' It would have been better for us to work for the Egyptians than to die in the desert."
13 But Moses said to the people, "Don't be afraid. Stand your ground, and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never ever see again.
14 The LORD will fight for you. You just keep still."
15 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to get moving.
16 As for you, lift your shepherd's rod, stretch out your hand over the sea, and split it in two so that the Israelites can go into the sea on dry ground.
17 But me, I'll make the Egyptians stubborn so that they will go in after them, and I'll gain honor at the expense of Pharaoh, all his army, his chariots, and his cavalry.
18 The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD, when I gain honor at the expense of Pharaoh, his chariots, and his cavalry."
19 God's messenger, who had been in front of Israel's camp, moved and went behind them. The column of cloud moved from the front and took its place behind them.
20 It stood between Egypt's camp and Israel's camp. The cloud remained there, and when darkness fell it lit up the night. They didn't come near each other all night.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The LORD pushed the sea back by a strong east wind all night, turning the sea into dry land. The waters were split into two.
22 The Israelites walked into the sea on dry ground. The waters formed a wall for them on their right hand and on their left.
23 The Egyptians chased them and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh's horses, chariots, and cavalry.
24 As morning approached, the LORD looked down on the Egyptian camp from the column of lightning and cloud and threw the Egyptian camp into a panic.
25 The LORD jammed their chariot wheels so that they wouldn't turn easily. The Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites, because the LORD is fighting for them against Egypt!"
26 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the water comes back and covers the Egyptians, their chariots, and their cavalry."
27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. At daybreak, the sea returned to its normal depth. The Egyptians were driving toward it, and the LORD tossed the Egyptians into the sea.
28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the cavalry, Pharaoh's entire army that had followed them into the sea. Not one of them remained.
29 The Israelites, however, walked on dry ground through the sea. The waters formed a wall for them on their right hand and on their left.
30 The LORD rescued Israel from the Egyptians that day. Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.
31 Israel saw the amazing power of the LORD against the Egyptians. The people were in awe of the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses.
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Exodus 15

1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: I will sing to the LORD, for an overflowing victory! Horse and rider he threw into the sea!
2 The LORD is my strength and my power; he has become my salvation. This is my God, whom I will praise, the God of my ancestors, whom I will acclaim.
3 The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.
4 Pharaoh's chariots and his army he hurled into the sea; his elite captains were sunk in the Reed Sea.
5 The deep sea covered them; they sank into the deep waters like a stone.
6 Your strong hand, LORD, is dominant in power; your strong hand, LORD, shatters the enemy!
7 With your great surge you overthrow your opponents; you send out your hot anger; it burns them up like straw.
8 With the breath of your nostrils the waters swelled up, the floods surged up in a great wave; the deep waters foamed in the depths of the sea.
9 The enemy said, "I'll pursue, I'll overtake, I'll divide the spoils of war. I'll be overfilled with them. I'll draw my sword; my hand will destroy them."
10 You blew with your wind; the sea covered over them. They sank like lead in the towering waters.
11 Who is like you among the gods, LORD? Who is like you, foremost in holiness, worthy of highest praise, doing awesome deeds?
12 You raised your strong hand; earth swallowed them up.
13 With your great loyalty you led the people you rescued; with your power you guided them to your sanctuary.
14 The peoples heard, they shook in terror; horror grabbed hold of Philistia's inhabitants.
15 Then Edom's tribal chiefs were terrified; panic grabbed hold of Moab's rulers; all of Canaan's inhabitants melted in fear.
16 Terror and fear came over them; because of your great power, they were as still as a stone until your people, LORD, passed by, until the people you made your own passed by.
17 You brought them in and planted them on your own mountain, the place, LORD, that you made your home, the sanctuary, LORD, that your hand created.
18 The LORD will rule forever and always.
19 When Pharaoh's horses, chariots, and cavalry went into the sea, the LORD brought back the waters of the sea over them. But the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground.
20 Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand. All the women followed her playing tambourines and dancing.
21 Miriam sang the refrain back to them: Sing to the LORD, for an overflowing victory! Horse and rider he threw into the sea!
22 Then Moses had Israel leave the Reed Sea and go out into the Shur desert. They traveled for three days in the desert and found no water.
23 When they came to Marah, they couldn't drink Marah's water because it was bitter. That's why it was called Marah.
24 The people complained against Moses, "What will we drink?"
25 Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD pointed out a tree to him. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. The LORD made a regulation and a ruling there, and there he tested them.
26 The LORD said, "If you are careful to obey the LORD your God, do what God thinks is right, pay attention to his commandments, and keep all of his regulations, then I won't bring on you any of the diseases that I brought on the Egyptians. I am the LORD who heals you."
27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees. They camped there by the water.
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