1Then Yahweh said to Moses, 2Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pihahiroth, between Migdol and thesea, facing Baal zephon. You will encamp opposite this place and near the sea.3So Pharaoh will think that the people of Israel have lost their way, and the wilderness has closed in on them.4Then I will make Pha raohs heart stubborn so that he will pursue you. And I will draw glory for myself at the cost of Pharaoh and his army, and the Egyp tians shall know that I am Yahweh!
4 And the Israelites did as they had been instructed.
Crossing of the Red Sea
:B:5 The king of Egypt was told that the people had fled
8Yahweh had hardened the mind of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who set out in pursuit of the Israelites as they marched forth triumphantly. 9The Egyptiansall the chariots and horses of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his armygave chase and caught up with them when they had encamped by the sea near Pihahiroth, facing Baalzephon.
10 The Israelites saw the Egyptians marching after them: Pharaoh was draw ing near. They were terrified and cried out to Yahweh. 11 Then they said to Moses, Were there no tombs in Egypt? Why have you brought us to the desert to die? 12 What have you done by bringing us out of Egypt? Isnt this what we said when we were in Egypt: Let us work for the Egyptians. Far better serve Egypt than to die in the desert!
13 Moses said to the people, Have no fear! Stay where you are and see the work Yahweh will do to save you today. The Egyptians whom you see today, you will never see again! 14 Yah weh will fight for you and all you have to do is to keep still.
15Yahweh said to Moses, Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. 16You will raise your staff and stretch your hand over the sea and divide it to let the Israelites go dryfoot through the sea.17I will so harden the minds of the Egyptians that they will follow you.18And I will have glory at the expense of Pharaoh, his army, his chariots and horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am Yahweh when I gain glory for myself at the cost of Pharaoh and his army!
19 The Angel of God who had gone ahead of the Israelites now placed himself behind them. The pillar of cloud changed its position 20 from the front to the rear, between the camps of the Israelites and the Egyp tians. For one army the cloud pro vided light, for the other darkness so that throughout the night the armies drew no closer to each other. 21 Mo ses stretched his hand over the sea and Yahweh made a strong east wind blow all night and dry up the sea.
21The waters divided22and the sons of Israel went on dry ground through the middle of the sea, with the waters forming a wall to their right and to their left. 23The Egyptians followed them and all Pharaohs horses, his chariots and horsemen moved forward in the middle of the sea.
24 It happened that in the morning watch, Yahweh in the pillar of cloud and fire, looked towards the Egyp tian camp and threw it into confusion. 25 He so clogged their chariot wheels that they could hardly move. Then the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the Israelites for Yah weh is fighting for them against Egypt.
26Then Yahweh said to Moses, Stretch your hand over the sea and let the waters come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and horse men.27Mo ses stretched out his hand over the sea.
27 At daybreak the sea returned to its place. As the Egyptians tried to flee, Yahweh swept them into the sea.
28The waters flowed back and en gulfed the chariots and horsemen of the whole army of Pharaoh that had followed Israel into the sea. Not one of them escaped.29As for the Israelites they went forward on dry ground in the middle of the sea, the waters forming a wall on their right and their left.
30 On that day Yahweh delivered Israel from the power of the Egyp tians and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the seashore. 31 They understood what wonders Yahweh had done for them against Egypt, and the people feared Yahweh. They believed in Yahweh and in Moses, his servant.