GOD’S WORD Translation

Exodus 15:11–27

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11  “Who is like you among the gods, O Lord?

Who is like you?

You are glorious because of your holiness

and awe-inspiring because of your splendor.

You perform miracles.

12  You stretched out your right hand.

The earth swallowed them.

13  “Lovingly, you will lead the people you have saved.

Powerfully, you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

14  People will hear of it and tremble.

The people of Philistia will be in anguish.

15  The tribal leaders of Edom will be terrified.

The powerful men of Moab will tremble.

The people of Canaan will be deathly afraid.

16  Terror and dread will fall on them.

Because of the power of your arm, they will be petrified

until your people pass by, O Lord,

until the people you purchased pass by.

17  You will bring them and plant them on your own mountain,

the place where you live, O Lord,

the holy place that you built with your own hands, O Lord.

18  The Lord will rule as king forever and ever.”

19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and cavalry went into the sea, the Lord made the water of the sea flow back over them. However, the Israelites had gone through the sea on dry ground.

The Song of Miriam

20 Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand. All the women, dancing with tambourines, followed her. 21 Miriam sang to them:

“Sing to the Lord.

He has won a glorious victory.

He has thrown horses and their riders into the sea.”

God Provides Water for the Israelites

22 Moses led Israel away from the Red Sea into the desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 23 When they came to Marah, they couldn’t drink the water because it tasted bitter. That’s why the place was called Marah [Bitter Place]. 24 The people complained about Moses by asking, “What are we supposed to drink?”

25 Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showeda him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.

There the Lord set down laws and rules for them to live by, and there he tested them. 26 He said, “If you will listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what he considers right, if you pay attention to his commands and obey all his laws, I will never make you suffer any of the diseases I made the Egyptians suffer, because I am the Lord, who heals you.”

27 Next, they went to Elim, where there were 12 springs and 70 palm trees. They camped there by the water.

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15:25 Samaritan Pentateuch, Syriac, Targum, Latin; Masoretic Text “taught.”