Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29
Narrative Lectionary 104
5 When the kingI of EgyptII was toldIII that the peopleIV had fled,V
the mindsVI of PharaohVII and his officialsVIII were changedIX toward the people,
and they said, “What have we done,X letting IsraelXI leaveXII our service?”XIII
6 So he had his chariotXIV made readyXV and tookXVI his armyXVII with him;
7 he took sixXVIII hundredXIX eliteXX chariots and allXXI the other chariots of Egypt with officersXXII over all of them.
10 As Pharaoh drew near,XXIII the Israelites looked back,XXIV andXXV there were the EgyptiansXXVI
advancingXXVII onXXVIII them. In greatXXIX fearXXX the Israelites cried outXXXI to the Lord.XXXII
11 They said to Moses,XXXIII “Was it becauseXXXIV there were no gravesXXXV in Egypt that you have taken us away to dieXXXVI in the wilderness?XXXVII What have you done to us, bringingXXXVIII us out of Egypt?
12 Is this not the very thingXXXIX we toldXL you in Egypt, ‘Let us aloneXLI so that we can serveXLII the Egyptians’? For it would have been betterXLIII for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid,XLIV stand firm,XLV and seeXLVI the deliveranceXLVII that the Lord will accomplishXLVIII for you today,XLIX
for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall neverL see again.LI 14 The Lord will fightLII for you, and you have only to keep still.”LIII
21 Then Moses stretched outLIV his handLV over the sea.LVI
The Lord drove the sea backLVII by a strongLVIII eastLIX windLX
all nightLXI and turnedLXII the sea into dry land,LXIII and the watersLXIV were divided.LXV
22 The Israelites wentLXVI intoLXVII the sea on dry ground,LXVIII the waters forming a wallLXIX for them on their rightLXX and on their left.LXXI
23 The Egyptians pursuedLXXII and went intoLXXIII the sea afterLXXIV them, all of Pharaoh’s horses,LXXV chariots, and chariot drivers.LXXVI
24 LXXVIIAt the morningLXXVIII watchLXXIX the Lord, in the pillarLXXX of fireLXXXI and cloud,LXXXII
looked downLXXXIII on the Egyptian armyLXXXIV and threw the Egyptian armyLXXXV into a panic.LXXXVI
25 He cloggedLXXXVII their chariotLXXXVIII wheelsLXXXIX so that they turnedXC with difficulty.XCI
The Egyptians said, “Let us fleeXCII fromXCIII the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”
26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come backXCIV upon the Egyptians, upon their chariotsXCV and chariot drivers.”
27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and atXCVI dawnXCVII the sea returnedXCVIII to its normal depth.XCIX As the Egyptians fled beforeC it, the Lord tossedCI the Egyptians intoCII the sea.
28 The waters returned and coveredCIII the chariotsCIV and the chariot drivers, the entireCV armyCVI of Pharaoh
that had followedCVII them into the sea; not oneCVIII of them remained.CIX 29 But the Israelites walkedCX on dry ground throughCXI the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.
Image credit: “Crossing the Red Sea” by lforce, 2019.