10As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up,
and there were the Egyptians, marching after them.
They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. 11They
said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in
Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What
have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?
12Didn’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!”
13Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid.
Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD
will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you
will never see again. 14The LORD will fight for you; you
need only to be still.”
15Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying
out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16Raise your
staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the
water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry
ground. 17I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so
that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory
through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots
and his horsemen. 18The Egyptians will know that I am
the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots
and his horsemen.”
19Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in
front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them.
The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20coming between the armies of Egypt
and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought
darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so
neither went near the other all night long.
21Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea,
and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a
strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters
were divided, 22and the Israelites went through the sea
on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on
23The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s
horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into
the sea. 24During the last watch of the night the LORD
looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the
Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25He made
the wheels of their chariots come off d so that they had
difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get
away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them
26Then 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.” 27Moses
stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak
the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing
toward e it, and the LORD swept them into the sea.
28The water flowed back and covered the chariots and
horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed
the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.
29But the Israelites went through the sea on dry
ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their
left. 30That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of
the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead
on the shore. 31And when the Israelites saw the great
power the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the
people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in
Moses his servant.