Exodus 15
The Song of Moses
1Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
“I will sing to the Lord
because he is worthy of great honor.
He has thrown the horse and its rider
into the sea.
2The Lord gives me strength and makes me sing.
He has saved me.
He is my God,
and I will praise him.
He is the God of my ancestors,
and I will honor him.
3The Lord is a great warrior.
The Lord is his name.
4The chariots and soldiers of the king of Egypt
he has thrown into the sea.
The king’s best officers
are drowned in the Red Sea.
5The deep waters covered them.
They sank to the bottom like a rock.
6Your right hand, Lord,
is amazingly strong.
Lord, your right hand
broke the enemy into pieces.
7In your great victory
you destroyed those who were against you.
Your anger destroyed them,
like fire burning straw.
8Just a blast of your breath,
and the waters were blown back.
The moving water stood up like a wall.
And the deep waters became solid in the middle of the sea.
9“The enemy bragged,
‘I’ll chase them and catch them.
I’ll take all their riches.
I’ll take all I want.
I’ll pull out my sword,
and my hand will destroy them.’
10But you blew on them with your breath
and covered them with the sea.
They sank like lead
in the powerful water.
11“Are there any gods like you, Lord?
No! There are no gods like you.
You are wonderfully holy.
You are amazingly powerful.
You do great miracles.
12You reached out with your right hand,
and the earth swallowed our enemies.
13You keep your loving promise.
You lead the people you have saved.
With your strength you will guide them
to your holy land.
14“The other nations will hear this and tremble with fear.
Terror will take hold of the Philistines.
15The leaders of the tribes of Edom will be very frightened.
The powerful men of Moab will shake with fear.
The people of Canaan will lose all their courage.
16Those people will be filled with fear.
When they see your strength,
they will be as still as a rock.
They will be still until your people pass by, Lord.
They will be still until the people you have bought from slavery pass by.
17You will lead your people and place them
on your very own mountain.
Lord, that is the place that you made for yourself to live.
Lord, that is the temple that your hands have made.
18The Lord will rule forever!”
19The horses, chariot drivers and chariots of the king of Egypt went into the sea. And the Lord covered them with water from the sea. But the Israelites walked through the sea on dry land. 20Then Aaron’s sister Miriam, who was a prophetess, took a tambourine in her hand. All the women followed her, playing tambourines and dancing. 21Miriam told them:
“Sing to the Lord
because he is worthy of great honor.
He has thrown the horse and its rider
into the sea.”
The Bitter Water
22Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea. The people went into the Desert of Shur. They traveled for three days in the desert but found no water. 23Then they came to Marah, where there was water. But they could not drink it because it was too bitter. That is why the place was named Marah.# This name means “bitter.” 24The people grumbled to Moses. They asked, “What will we drink?”
25Moses cried out to the Lord. So the Lord showed him a tree. Moses threw the tree into the water. And the water became good to drink.
There the Lord gave the people a rule and a law to live by. There he also tested their loyalty to him. 26He said, “You must obey the Lord, your God. You must do what the Lord said is right. You must obey all his laws and keep his rules. If you do these things, I will not give you any of the sicknesses I gave the Egyptians. I am the Lord. I am the Lord who heals you.”
27Then the people traveled to Elim. At Elim there were 12 springs of water and 70 palm trees. So the people camped there near the water.
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