Exodus 15

The Song of Triumph

15:11 Then Moses and the Israelites sang2 this song to the Lord. They said,3

“I will sing4 to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously,5

the horse and its rider6 he has thrown into the sea.

15:2 The Lord7 is my strength and my song,8

and he has become my salvation.

This is my God, and I will praise him,9

my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

15:3 The Lord is a warrior,10

the Lord is his name.11

15:4 The chariots of Pharaoh12 and his army he has thrown into the sea,

and his chosen13 officers were drowned14 in the Red Sea.

15:5 The depths have covered them,15

they went down to the bottom16 like a stone.

15:6 Your right hand, O Lord, was majestic17 in power,

your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy.

15:7 In the abundance of your majesty18 you have overthrown19

those who rise up against you.20

You sent forth21 your wrath;22

it consumed them23 like stubble.

15:8 By the blast of your nostrils24 the waters were piled up,

the flowing water stood upright like a heap,25

and the deep waters were solidified in the heart of the sea.

15:9 The enemy said, ‘I will chase,26 I will overtake,

I will divide the spoil;

my desire27 will be satisfied on them.

I will draw28 my sword, my hand will destroy them.’29

15:10 But30 you blew with your breath, and31 the sea covered them.

They sank32 like lead in the mighty waters.

15:11 Who is like you,33 O Lord, among the gods?34

Who is like you? – majestic in holiness, fearful in praises,35 working wonders?

15:12 You stretched out your right hand,

the earth swallowed them.36

15:13 By your loyal love you will lead37 the people whom38 you have redeemed;

you will guide39 them by your strength to your holy dwelling place.

15:14 The nations will hear40 and tremble;

anguish41 will seize42 the inhabitants of Philistia.

15:15 Then the chiefs of Edom will be terrified,43

trembling will seize44 the leaders of Moab,

and the inhabitants of Canaan will shake.

15:16 Fear and dread45 will fall46 on them;

by the greatness47 of your arm they will be as still as stone48

until49 your people pass by, O Lord,

until the people whom you have bought50 pass by.

15:17 You will bring them in51 and plant them in the mountain52 of your inheritance,

in the place you made53 for your residence, O Lord,

the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established.

15:18 The Lord will reign forever and ever!

15:19 For the horses of Pharaoh came with his chariots and his footmen into the sea,

and the Lord brought back the waters of the sea on them,

but the Israelites walked on dry land in the middle of the sea.”

15:20 Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a hand-drum in her hand, and all the women went out after her with hand-drums and with dances.54 15:21 Miriam sang in response55 to them, “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and its rider he has thrown into the sea.”56

The Bitter Water

15:2257 Then Moses led Israel to journey58 away from the Red Sea. They went out to the Desert of Shur, walked for three days59 into the desert, and found no water. 15:23 Then they came to Marah,60 but they were not able to drink61 the waters of Marah, because62 they were bitter.63 (That is64 why its name was65 Marah.)

15:24 So the people murmured66 against Moses, saying, “What can67 we drink?” 15:25 He cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him68 a tree.69 When Moses70 threw it into the water, the water became safe to drink. There the Lord71 made for them72 a binding ordinance,73 and there he tested74 them. 15:26 He said, “If you will diligently obey75 the Lord your God, and do what is right76 in his sight, and pay attention77 to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, then all78 the diseases79 that I brought on the Egyptians I will not bring on you, for I, the Lord, am your healer.”80

15:27 Then they came to Elim,81 where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees, and they camped there by the water.

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