Exodus 15:1-7

1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to God, giving voice together, I'm singing my heart out to God - what a victory! He pitched horse and rider into the sea.
2 God is my strength, God is my song, and, yes! God is my salvation. This is the kind of God I have and I'm telling the world! This is the God of my father - I'm spreading the news far and wide!
3 God is a fighter, pure God, through and through.
4 Pharaoh's chariots and army he dumped in the sea, The elite of his officers he drowned in the Red Sea.
5 Wild ocean waters poured over them; they sank like a rock in the deep blue sea.
6 Your strong right hand, God, shimmers with power; your strong right hand shatters the enemy.
7 In your mighty majesty you smash your upstart enemies, You let loose your hot anger and burn them to a crisp.

Exodus 15:1-7 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 15

This chapter contains the song of Moses, and of the children of Israel, on the banks of the Red sea; in which they celebrate their passage through it, the destruction of Pharaoh and his host in it, and the glory of the divine perfections displayed therein, interspersed with prophetic hints of things future, Ex 15:1-19 which same song was sung by the women, with Miriam at the head of them, attended with timbrels and dances, Ex 15:20,21, an account is given of the march of the children of Israel from the Red sea to the wilderness of Shur, and of the bitter waters found at Marah, which occasioned a murmuring, and of their being made sweet by casting a tree into them, Ex 15:22-25 when they were told by the Lord, that if they would yield obedience to his commandments, they should be free from the diseases the Egyptians had been afflicted with, Ex 15:26, and the chapter is concluded with their coming to Elim, where they found twelve wells of water, and seventy palm trees, and there encamped, Ex 15:27.

Exodus 15:1-7 In-Context

1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to God, giving voice together, I'm singing my heart out to God - what a victory! He pitched horse and rider into the sea.
2 God is my strength, God is my song, and, yes! God is my salvation. This is the kind of God I have and I'm telling the world! This is the God of my father - I'm spreading the news far and wide!
3 God is a fighter, pure God, through and through.
4 Pharaoh's chariots and army he dumped in the sea, The elite of his officers he drowned in the Red Sea.
5 Wild ocean waters poured over them; they sank like a rock in the deep blue sea.
6 Your strong right hand, God, shimmers with power; your strong right hand shatters the enemy.
7 In your mighty majesty you smash your upstart enemies, You let loose your hot anger and burn them to a crisp.
8 At a blast from your nostrils the waters piled up; Tumbling streams dammed up, wild oceans curdled into a swamp.
9 The enemy spoke, "I'll pursue, I'll hunt them down, I'll divide up the plunder, I'll glut myself on them; I'll pull out my sword, my fist will send them reeling."
10 You blew with all your might and the sea covered them. They sank like a lead weight in the majestic waters.
11 Who compares with you among gods, O God? Who compares with you in power, in holy majesty, In awesome praises, wonder-working God?

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