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 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,
and they sank to the bottom like a rock.
6Your right hand, Lord,
is amazingly strong.
Lord, your right hand
broke the enemy to 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 piled up.
The moving water stood like a wall;
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 raging water.
11“Are there any gods like you, Lord?
There are no gods like you.
You are wonderfully holy,
a worker of miracles.
12You reached out with your right hand,
and the earth swallowed our enemies.
13You keep your loving promise
and lead the people you have saved.
With your strength you will guide them
to your holy place.
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.
16Terror and horror will fall on them.
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 taken as your own pass by.
17You will lead your people and place them
on your very own mountain,
the place that you, Lord, made for yourself to live,
the temple, Lord, that your hands have made.
18The Lord will be king 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, 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.”
Bitter Water Becomes Good
22Moses led the Israelites away from the Red Sea 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.) 24The people grumbled to Moses and asked, “What will we drink?”
25So Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When Moses threw the tree into the water, the water became good to drink.
There the Lord gave the people a rule and a law to live by, and there he tested their loyalty to him. 26He said, “You must obey the Lord your God and do what he says is right. If you obey all his commands and keep his rules, I will not bring on you any of the sicknesses I brought on the Egyptians. I am the Lord who heals you.”
27Then the people traveled to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees. So the people camped there near the water.