1 And HaShem spoke unto Moses, saying:
2 'Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn back and
encamp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, before Baal-zephon, over
against it shall ye encamp by the sea.
3 And Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel: They are
entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he shall follow
after them; and I will get Me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; and
the Egyptians shall know that I am HaShem.' And they did so.
5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people were
fled; and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned towards the
people, and they said: 'What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go
from serving us?
6 And he made ready his chariots, and took his people with
7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the
chariots of Egypt, and captains over all of them.
8 And HaShem hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and
he pursued after the children of Israel; for the children of Israel went out
with a high hand.
9 And the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and
chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping
by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.
when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and,
behold, the Egyptians were marching after them; and they were sore afraid; and
the children of Israel cried out unto HaShem.
11 And they said unto Moses: 'Because there were no graves in
Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou
dealt thus with us, to bring us forth out of Egypt?
12 Is not this the word that we spoke unto thee in Egypt,
saying: Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it were better for us
to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.'
13 And Moses said unto the people: 'Fear ye not, stand still,
and see the salvation of HaShem, which He will work for you to-day; for whereas
ye have seen the Egyptians to-day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
14 HaShem will fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.'
And HaShem said unto Moses: 'Wherefore criest thou unto Me? speak unto the
children of Israel, that they go forward.
16 And lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thy hand over
the sea, and divide it; and the children of Israel shall go into the midst of
the sea on dry ground.
17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians,
and they shall go in after them; and I will get Me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon
all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am HaShem, when I have
gotten Me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.'
19 And the angel of G-d, who went before the camp of Israel,
removed and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud removed from before them,
and stood behind them;
20 and it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of
Israel; and there was the cloud and the darkness here, yet gave it light by
night there; and the one came not near the other all the night.
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and HaShem caused the sea to go
back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the
waters were divided.
22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea
upon the dry ground; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand,
and on their left.
23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them into the
midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
24 And it came to pass in the morning watch, that HaShem
looked forth upon the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of
cloud, and discomfited the host of the Egyptians.
25 And He took off their chariot wheels, and made them to
drive heavily; so that the Egyptians said: 'Let us flee from the face of Israel;
for HaShem fighteth for them against the Egyptians.'
26 And HaShem said unto Moses: 'Stretch out thy hand over the
sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and
upon their horsemen.'
27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the
sea returned to its strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled
against it; and HaShem overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the
horsemen, even all the host of Pharaoh that went in after them into the sea;
there remained not so much as one of them.
29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the
midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and
on their left.
30 Thus HaShem saved Israel that day out of the hand of the
Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea-shore.
31 And Israel saw the great work which HaShem did upon the
Egyptians, and the people feared HaShem; and they believed in HaShem, and in His
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