When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled,(A) Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds(B) about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. He took six hundred of the best chariots,(C) along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart(D) of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.(E) The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses(F) and chariots, horsemen[a] and troops(G)—pursued the Israelites and overtook(H) them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.(I)

10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried(J) out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?(K) What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”(L)

13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid.(M) Stand firm and you will see(N) the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see(O) again. 14 The Lord will fight(P) for you; you need only to be still.”(Q)

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  1. Exodus 14:9 Or charioteers; also in verses 17, 18, 23, 26 and 28

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand(A) over the sea,(B) and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind(C) and turned it into dry land.(D) The waters were divided,(E) 22 and the Israelites went through the sea(F) on dry ground,(G) with a wall(H) of water on their right and on their left.

23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen(I) followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud(J) at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion.(K) 25 He jammed[a] the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting(L) for them against Egypt.”(M)

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place.(N) The Egyptians were fleeing toward[b] it, and the Lord swept them into the sea.(O) 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea.(P) Not one of them survived.(Q)

29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground,(R) with a wall(S) of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the Lord saved(T) Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand(U) of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared(V) the Lord and put their trust(W) in him and in Moses his servant.

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  1. Exodus 14:25 See Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint and Syriac; Masoretic Text removed
  2. Exodus 14:27 Or from

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost(A) came, they were all together(B) in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.(C) They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit(D) and began to speak in other tongues[a](E) as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing(F) Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed,(G) they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?(H) Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?

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  1. Acts 2:4 Or languages; also in verse 11

32 God has raised this Jesus to life,(A) and we are all witnesses(B) of it. 33 Exalted(C) to the right hand of God,(D) he has received from the Father(E) the promised Holy Spirit(F) and has poured out(G) what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet.”’[a](H)

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord(I) and Messiah.”(J)

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”(K)

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized,(L) every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.(M) And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(N)

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  1. Acts 2:35 Psalm 110:1

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