Exodus 14

Posted on June 3, 2020No Comment
Then the Lord said to Moses,
“Tell the Israelites to turn
back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth,
between Migdol and the sea.
They are to encamp by the sea,
directly opposite Baal Zephon.
Pharaoh will think,
‘The Israelites are wandering
around the land in confusion,
hemmed in by the desert.’
And I will harden Pharaoh’s
heart, and he will pursue them.
But I will gain glory for
myself through Pharaoh and
all his army, and the Egyptians
will know that I am the Lord .”
So the Israelites did this.

When the king of Egypt was told
that the people had fled,
Pharaoh and his officials
changed their minds about
them and said, “What have we done?
We have let the Israelites go
and have lost their services!”
So he had his chariot made
ready and took his army with him.
He took six hundred of the
best chariots, along with all
the other chariots of Egypt,
with officers over all of them.
The Lord hardened the heart
of Pharaoh king of Egypt,
so that he pursued the Israelites,
who were marching out boldly.
The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s
horses and chariots, horsemen
and troops—pursued the Israelites
and overtook them as they
camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth,
opposite Baal Zephon.

As Pharaoh approached,
the Israelites looked up,
and there were the Egyptians,
marching after them. They were
terrified and cried out to the Lord .
They said to Moses, “Was it
because there were no graves
in Egypt that you brought us
to the desert to die? What
have you done to us by bringing
us out of Egypt? Didn’t we
say to you in Egypt,
‘Leave us alone; let us
serve the Egyptians’? It
would have been better for
us to serve the Egyptians
than to die in the desert!”

Moses answered the people,
“Do not be afraid. Stand firm
and you will see the
deliverance the Lord
will bring you today.
The Egyptians you see today
you will never see again.
The Lord will fight for you;
you need only to be still.”

Then the Lord said to Moses,
“Why are you crying out to me?
Tell the Israelites to move on.
Raise your staff and
stretch out your hand over the sea
to divide the water so that
the Israelites can go through
the sea on dry ground. I will
harden the hearts of the Egyptians
so that they will go in after them.
And I will gain glory through
Pharaoh and all his army,
through his chariots and his horsemen.
The Egyptians will know that
I am the Lord when I gain glory
through Pharaoh, his chariots
and his horsemen.”

Then the angel of God,
who had been traveling
in front of Israel’s army,
withdrew and went behind them.
The pillar of cloud also
moved from in front and stood
behind them, coming between
the armies of Egypt and Israel.
Throughout the night the cloud
brought darkness to the one side
and light to the other side;
so neither went near the
other all night long.

Then Moses stretched out
his hand over the sea, and
all that night the Lord drove
the sea back with a strong
east wind and turned it
into dry land. The waters
were divided, and the Israelites
went through the sea on dry ground,
with a wall of water on their
right and on their left.
The Egyptians pursued them,
and all Pharaoh’s horses and
chariots and horsemen followed
them into the sea. During the
last watch of the night the
Lord looked down from the
pillar of fire and cloud
at the Egyptian army and threw
it into confusion. He jammed
the wheels of their chariots
so that they had difficulty
driving. And the Egyptians said,
“Let’s get away from the
Israelites! The Lord is
fighting for them against Egypt.”

Then the Lord said to Moses,
“Stretch out your hand
over the sea so that the waters
may flow back over the Egyptians
and their chariots and horsemen.”
Moses stretched out his hand
over the sea, and at daybreak
the sea went back to its place.
The Egyptians were fleeing
toward it, and the Lord swept
them into the sea. The water
flowed back and covered the
chariots and horsemen—the entire
army of Pharaoh that had
followed the Israelites
into the sea. Not one of them survived.

But the Israelites went
through the sea on dry ground,
with a wall of water on their
right and on their left.
That day the Lord saved Israel
from the hands of the Egyptians,
and Israel saw the Egyptians
lying dead on the shore. And
when the Israelites saw the
mighty hand of the Lord
displayed against the Egyptians,
the people feared the Lord
and put their trust in him
and in Moses his servant.

Exodus 14:1‭-‬31 NIV

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