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Exodus 15 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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A Song of Deliverance
(Exo 14:13, 14; Psa 78:12–14 )
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:1 - Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD:
“I will sing to the LORD,
for he has triumphed gloriously;
he has hurled both horse and rider
into the sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:2 - The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.
This is my God, and I will praise him—
my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:3 - The LORD is a warrior;
Yahweh[fn] is his name!
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:4 - Pharaoh’s chariots and army
he has hurled into the sea.
The finest of Pharaoh’s officers
are drowned in the Red Sea.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:5 - The deep waters gushed over them;
they sank to the bottom like a stone.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:6 - “Your right hand, O LORD,
is glorious in power.
Your right hand, O LORD,
smashes the enemy.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:7 - In the greatness of your majesty,
you overthrow those who rise against you.
You unleash your blazing fury;
it consumes them like straw.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:8 - At the blast of your breath,
the waters piled up!
The surging waters stood straight like a wall;
in the heart of the sea the deep waters became hard.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:9 - “The enemy boasted, ‘I will chase them
and catch up with them.
I will plunder them
and consume them.
I will flash my sword;
my powerful hand will destroy them.’
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:10 - But you blew with your breath,
and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
in the mighty waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:11 - “Who is like you among the gods, O LORD
glorious in holiness,
awesome in splendor,
performing great wonders?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:12 - You raised your right hand,
and the earth swallowed our enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:13 - “With your unfailing love you lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your might, you guide them
to your sacred home.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:14 - The peoples hear and tremble;
anguish grips those who live in Philistia.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:15 - The leaders of Edom are terrified;
the nobles of Moab tremble.
All who live in Canaan melt away;
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:16 - terror and dread fall upon them.
The power of your arm
makes them lifeless as stone
until your people pass by, O LORD,
until the people you purchased pass by.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:17 - You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain—
the place, O LORD, reserved for your own dwelling,
the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:18 - The LORD will reign forever and ever!”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:19 - When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers rushed into the sea, the LORD brought the water crashing down on them. But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground!
(Num 26:59 )
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:20 - Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:21 - And Miriam sang this song:
“Sing to the LORD,
for he has triumphed gloriously;
he has hurled both horse and rider
into the sea.”
Bitter Water at Marah
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:22 - Then Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea, and they moved out into the desert of Shur. They traveled in this desert for three days without finding any water.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:23 - When they came to the oasis of Marah, the water was too bitter to drink. So they called the place Marah (which means “bitter”).
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:24 - Then the people complained and turned against Moses. “What are we going to drink?” they demanded.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:25 - So Moses cried out to the LORD for help, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink.
It was there at Marah that the LORD set before them the following decree as a standard to test their faithfulness to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:26 - He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 15:27 - After leaving Marah, the Israelites traveled on to the oasis of Elim, where they found twelve springs and seventy palm trees. They camped there beside the water.
NLT Footnotes
Yahweh is a transliteration of the proper name YHWH that is sometimes rendered “Jehovah”; in this translation it is usually rendered “the LORD” (note the use of small capitals).
Hebrew sea of reeds; also in 15:22.

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