Exodus 15

1Then Moses and the people of Israel began singing this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord! He has done great things. He threw horse and rider into the sea. 2The Lord is my strength. He saves me, and I sing songs of praise to him. The Lord is my God, and I praise him. The Lord is the God of my ancestors, and I honor him. 3The Lord is a great soldier. The Lord is his name. 4He threw Pharaoh’s chariots and soldiers into the sea. Pharaoh’s very best soldiers drowned in the Red Sea. 5The deep water covered them. And they sank to the bottom like rocks. 6“Your right arm is amazingly strong. Lord, your right arm shattered the enemy. 7In your great majesty you destroyed the men who stood against you. Your anger destroyed them, like fire burning straw. 8The wind you sent in anger piled the water high. The flowing water became a solid wall. The sea became solid to its deepest parts. 9“The enemy said, 'I’ll chase them and catch them. I’ll take all their riches. I’ll take it all with my sword. I’ll take everything for myself.’ 10But you blew on them and covered them with the sea. They sank like lead into the deep sea. 11“Are there any gods like the Lord? No! There are no gods like you— You are wonderfully holy! You are amazingly powerful! You do great miracles! 12You could raise your right hand and destroy the world! 13But with your kindness you lead the people you saved. And with your strength you lead them to your holy and pleasant land. 14“The other nations will hear this story, and they will be frightened. The people Philistia will shake with fear. 15The commanders of Edom will shake with fear. The leaders of Moab will be afraid. The people of Canaan will lose courage. 16Those people will be filled with fear when they see your strength. They will be as still as a rock until the Lord’s people pass by, until the people you have made pass by. 17Lord, you will lead your people to your mountain. You will let them live near the place you prepared for your throne. Master, you will build your temple! 18The Lord will rule forever and ever!” 19Yes, it really happened! Pharaoh’s horses and riders and chariots went into the sea. And the Lord brought all the water of the sea down on top of them. But the people of Israel walked through that sea on dry land. 20Then Aaron’s sister, the woman prophet Miriam, took a tambourine. Miriam and the women began singing and dancing. Miriam repeated the words, 21“Sing to the Lord! He has done great things. He threw horse and rider into the sea...” 22Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea and into the Shur desert. They traveled for three days in the desert. The people could not find any water. 23After three days, the people came to Marah. There was water at Marah, but it was too bitter to drink. (That is why the place was named Marah.) 24The people began complaining to Moses. The people said, “Now what will we drink?” 25Moses called to the Lord. So the Lord showed him a tree. Moses put the tree in the water. When he did this, the water became good to drink. In that place, the Lord judged the people and gave them a law. The Lord also tested the faith of the people. 26The Lord said, “You must obey the Lord, your God. You must do the things he says are right. If you obey all the Lord’s commands and laws, then you will not be sick like the Egyptians. I, the Lord, will not give you any of the sicknesses I gave the Egyptians. I am the Lord. I am the one who makes you well.” 27Then the people traveled to Elim. At Elim there were twelve springs of water and 70 palm trees. So the people made their camp there near that water.

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