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Wisdom 19:1-8Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Red Sea

19 But the ungodly were assailed to the end by pitiless anger,
for God[a] knew in advance even their future actions,
that, though they themselves had permitted[b] thy people to depart
and hastily sent them forth,
they would change their minds and pursue them.
For while they were still busy at mourning,
and were lamenting at the graves of their dead,
they reached another foolish decision,
and pursued as fugitives those whom they had begged and compelled to depart.
For the fate they deserved drew them on to this end,
and made them forget what had happened,
in order that they might fill up the punishment which their torments still lacked,
and that thy people might experience[c] an incredible journey,
but they themselves might meet a strange death.

God Guides and Protects His People

For the whole creation in its nature was fashioned anew,
complying with thy commands,
that thy children[d] might be kept unharmed.
The cloud was seen overshadowing the camp,
and dry land emerging where water had stood before,
an unhindered way out of the Red Sea,
and a grassy plain out of the raging waves,
where those protected by thy hand passed through as one nation,
after gazing on marvelous wonders.

Footnotes:

  1. Wisdom 19:1 Gk he
  2. Wisdom 19:2 Other authorities read had changed their minds to permit
  3. Wisdom 19:5 Other authorities read accomplish
  4. Wisdom 19:6 Or servants
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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