Even so, he saved them— to defend the honor of his name and to demonstrate his mighty power.
He commanded the Red Sea to dry up. He led Israel across the sea as if it were a desert.
So he rescued them from their enemies and redeemed them from their foes.
Then the water returned and covered their enemies; not one of them survived.
Then his people believed his promises. Then they sang his praise.
Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done! They wouldn’t wait for his counsel!
In the wilderness their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland.
So he gave them what they asked for, but he sent a plague along with it.
The people in the camp were jealous of Moses and envious of Aaron, the LORD ’s holy priest.
Because of this, the earth opened up; it swallowed Dathan and buried Abiram and the other rebels.
Fire fell upon their followers; a flame consumed the wicked.
The people made a calf at Mount Sinai ; they bowed before an image made of gold.