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The Song of Moses

15 Then Moses and the ·Israelites [L sons/T children of Israel] sang this song to the Lord:

“I will sing to the Lord,
    because he ·is worthy of great honor [is highly exalted; has triumphed gloriously].
He has ·thrown the horse and its rider
    into the sea.
The Lord ·gives me strength and makes me sing [L is my strength and my song];
    he ·has saved me [L is my salvation].
He is my God,
    and I will praise him.
He is the God of my ·ancestors [fathers],
    and I will ·honor [exalt] him.
The Lord is a ·warrior [L man of war];
    ·the Lord [L Yahweh; 3:14–17] is his name.
The chariots and soldiers of ·the king of Egypt [L Pharaoh]
    he has ·thrown [cast] into the sea.
·The king’s [L His] ·best [handpicked; elite] officers
    are drowned in the ·Red [or Reed; 10:19] Sea.
The ·deep waters [floods] covered them,
    and they sank ·to the bottom [L into the depths] like a ·rock [stone].
Your right hand, Lord,
    is ·amazingly [gloriously] strong.
Lord, your right hand
    broke the enemy to pieces.
In your great victory
    you ·destroyed [demolished] those who ·were [L rose up] against you.
·Your anger destroyed them [L You sent out your anger],
    ·like fire burning straw [L it consumed them like chaff/stubble/straw].
Just a blast of your ·breath [or anger],
    and the waters piled up.
The moving water stood like a ·wall [or heap];
    the ·deep waters [floods] ·became solid [congealed] in the ·middle [L heart] of the sea.

“The enemy ·bragged [L said],
    ‘I’ll ·chase them [L pursue] and ·catch them [L overtake].
I’ll ·take all their riches [L divide the plunder];
    ·I’ll take all I want [L My desire/appetite will have my fill of them].
I’ll ·pull out [draw] my sword,
    and my hand will destroy them.’
10 But you blew on them with your ·breath [or wind]
    and covered them with the sea.
They sank like lead
    in the ·raging water [mighty waters].

11 “·Are there any gods like you [L Who is like you among the gods], Lord?

·There are no gods [L Who is…?] like you.
    You are ·wonderfully holy [splendid/majestic in holiness],
    ·amazingly powerful [awesome in power],
    ·a worker of miracles [doing wonders].
12 You ·reached out with [extend; stretch out] your right hand,
    and the earth swallowed ·our enemies [L them].
13 You ·keep your loving promise
    and lead [L led by your covenant love] the people you have ·saved [L redeemed; ransomed].
With your strength you will guide them
    to your holy ·place [abode; C the Promised Land].

14 “The ·other nations [L peoples] will hear this and tremble with fear;
    ·terror [writhing; pangs] will take hold of the Philistines.
15 The ·leaders of the tribes [chiefs] of Edom will be ·very frightened [scared];
the powerful men of Moab will ·shake with fear [be seized by shaking];
the people of Canaan will ·lose all their courage [L melt].
16 Terror and horror will fall on them.
·When they see your strength [L By the power of your arm],
    they will be as still as a ·rock [stone].
They will be still until your people pass by, Lord.
    They will be still until the people you have ·taken as your own [purchased; acquired; or created] pass by.
17 You will ·lead your people [L bring them] and ·place [L plant] them
    on ·your very own mountain [L the mountain of your possession/inheritance],
the place that you, Lord, made for ·yourself to live [your abode],
    the ·temple [sanctuary], Lord, that your hands have ·made [established].
18 The Lord will ·be king [reign] forever!”

19 The horses, chariot drivers, and chariots of ·the king of Egypt [L Pharaoh] went into the sea, and the Lord ·covered them with [L returned on them the] water from the sea. But the Israelites walked through the sea on dry land. 20 Then Aaron’s sister Miriam, a prophetess, took a tambourine in her hand. All the women followed her, playing tambourines and dancing. 21 Miriam told them:

“Sing to the Lord,
    because he ·is worthy of great honor [is highly exalted; or has triumphed gloriously];
he has thrown the horse and its rider
    into the sea.”

Bitter Water Becomes Good

22 Moses led the Israelites away from the ·Red [or Reed; 10:19] Sea into the ·Desert [Wilderness] of Shur. They traveled for three days in the ·desert [wilderness] but found no water. 23 Then they came to Marah, where there was water, but they could not drink it because it was too bitter. (That is why the place was named Marah [C Hebrew for “bitter”].) 24 The people ·grumbled [complained] to Moses and asked, “What will we drink?”

25 So Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a ·tree [or piece of wood]. When Moses threw the ·tree [or piece of wood] into the water, the water became ·good to drink [L sweet].

There the Lord gave the people a ·rule [statute; ordinance; requirement] and a law to live by, and there he tested ·their loyalty to him [L them]. 26 He said, “You must ·obey [or listen to the voice of] the Lord your God and do what ·he says is right [L is right in his eyes/sight]. If you obey all his ·commands [statutes; ordinances; requirements] and keep his rules, I will not bring on you any of the ·sicknesses [diseases] I brought on the Egyptians. I am the Lord ·who heals you [your physician].”

27 Then the people traveled to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees. So the people camped there near the water.