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the night. But the Egyptians and Israelites did not approach each other
all night.
Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a
path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that
night, turning the seabed into dry land. So the people of Israel walked
through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each
Then the E
­ gyptians—­all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and c­ harioteers—
­chased them into the middle of the sea. But just before dawn the Lord
looked down on the Egyptian army from the pillar of fire and cloud, and
he threw their forces into total confusion. He twisted their chariot wheels,
making their chariots difficult to drive. “Let’s get out of ­here—­away from
these Israelites!” the Egyptians shouted. “The Lord is fighting for them
against Egypt!”
When all the Israelites had reached the other side, the Lord said to
Moses, “Raise your hand over the sea again. Then the waters will rush
back and cover the Egyptians and their chariots and charioteers.” So as
the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the water
rushed back into its usual place. The Egyptians tried to escape, but the
Lord swept them into the sea. Then the waters returned and covered all
the chariots and c­ harioteers—­the entire army of Pharaoh. Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived.
But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on
dry ground, as the water stood up like a wall on both sides. That is how
the Lord rescued Israel from the hand of the Egyptians that day. And
the ­Israelites saw the bodies of the Egyptians washed up on the seashore.
When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before him. They
put their faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses.
Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord:
“I will sing to the Lord,
for he has triumphed gloriously;
he has hurled both horse and rider
into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.
This is my God, and I will praise ­him—
my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
The Lord is a warrior;
Yahweh is his name!

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