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The Song of Moses and Miriam

15 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this songp to the Lord:

“I will singq to the Lord,

for he is highly exalted.

Both horse and driverr

he has hurled into the sea.s

“The Lord is my strengtht and my defensea;

he has become my salvation.u

He is my God,v and I will praise him,

my father’s God, and I will exaltw him.

The Lord is a warrior;x

the Lord is his name.y

Pharaoh’s chariots and his armyz

he has hurled into the sea.

The best of Pharaoh’s officers

are drowned in the Red Sea.b

The deep watersa have covered them;

they sank to the depths like a stone.b

Your right hand,c Lord,

was majestic in power.

Your right hand,d Lord,

shatterede the enemy.

“In the greatness of your majestyf

you threw down those who opposed you.

You unleashed your burning anger;g

it consumedh them like stubble.

By the blast of your nostrilsi

the waters piled up.j

The surging waters stood up like a wall;k

the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.l

The enemy boasted,

‘I will pursue,m I will overtake them.

I will divide the spoils;n

I will gorge myself on them.

I will draw my sword

and my hand will destroy them.’

10 But you blew with your breath,o

and the sea covered them.

They sank like lead

in the mighty waters.p

11 Who among the gods

is like you,q Lord?

Who is like you—

majestic in holiness,r

awesome in glory,s

working wonders?t

12 “You stretch outu your right hand,

and the earth swallows your enemies.v

13 In your unfailing love you will leadw

the people you have redeemed.x

In your strength you will guide them

to your holy dwelling.y

14 The nations will hear and tremble;z

anguisha will grip the people of Philistia.b

15 The chiefsc of Edomd will be terrified,

the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling,e

the peoplec of Canaan will meltf away;

16  terrorg and dread will fall on them.

By the power of your arm

they will be as still as a stoneh

until your people pass by, Lord,

until the people you boughtd i pass by.j

17 You will bringk them in and plantl them

on the mountainm of your inheritance—

the place, Lord, you made for your dwelling,n

the sanctuary,o Lord, your hands established.

18 “The Lord reigns

for ever and ever.”p

19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemene went into the sea,q the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground.r 20 Then Miriams the prophet,t Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrelsu and dancing.v 21 Miriam sangw to them:

“Sing to the Lord,

for he is highly exalted.

Both horse and driverx

he has hurled into the sea.”y

The Waters of Marah and Elim

22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desertz of Shur.a For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.b 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.f c) 24 So the people grumbledd against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”e

25 Then Moses cried outf to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threwg it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.

There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.h 26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keepi all his decrees,j I will not bring on you any of the diseasesk I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who healsl you.”

27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they campedm there near the water.


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