15 1Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to God, giving voice together, I’m singing my heart out to God—what a victory! He pitched horse and rider into the sea. 2God is my strength, God is my song, and, yes! God is my salvation. This is the kind of God I have and I’m telling the world! This is the God of my father— I’m spreading the news far and wide! 3God is a fighter, pure God, through and through. 4Pharaoh’s chariots and army he dumped in the sea, The elite of his officers he drowned in the Red Sea. 5Wild ocean waters poured over them; they sank like a rock in the deep blue sea. 6Your strong right hand, God, shimmers with power; your strong right hand shatters the enemy. 7In your mighty majesty you smash your upstart enemies, You let loose your hot anger and burn them to a crisp. 8At a blast from your nostrils the waters piled up; Tumbling streams dammed up, wild oceans curdled into a swamp. 9The enemy spoke, “I’ll pursue, I’ll hunt them down, I’ll divide up the plunder, I’ll glut myself on them; I’ll pull out my sword, my fist will send them reeling.” 10You blew with all your might and the sea covered them. They sank like a lead weight in the majestic waters. 11Who compares with you among gods, O God? Who compares with you in power, in holy majesty, In awesome praises, wonder–working God? 12You stretched out your right hand and the Earth swallowed them up. 13But the people you redeemed, you led in merciful love; You guided them under your protection to your holy pasture. 14When people heard, they were scared; Philistines writhed and trembled; 15Yes, even the head men in Edom were shaken, and the big bosses in Moab. Everybody in Canaan panicked and fell faint. 16Dread and terror sent them reeling. Before your brandished right arm they were struck dumb like a stone, 17Until your people crossed over and entered, O God, until the people you made crossed over and entered. You brought them and planted them on the mountain of your heritage, The place where you live, the place you made, Your sanctuary, Master, that you established with your own hands. 18Let God rule forever, for eternity! 19Yes, Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and riders went into the sea and God turned the waters back on them; but the Israelites walked on dry land right through the middle of the sea. 20Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine, and all the women followed her with tambourines, dancing. 21Miriam led them in singing, Sing to God— what a victory! He pitched horse and rider into the sea! Traveling Through the Wilderness 22Moses led Israel from the Red Sea on to the Wilderness of Shur. They traveled for three days through the wilderness without finding any water. 23They got to Marah, but they couldn’t drink the water at Marah; it was bitter. That’s why they called the place Marah (Bitter). 24And the people complained to Moses, “So what are we supposed to drink?” 25So Moses cried out in prayer to God. God pointed him to a stick of wood. Moses threw it into the water and the water turned sweet. 26That’s the place where God set up rules and procedures; that’s where he started testing them. God said, “If you listen, listen obediently to how God tells you to live in his presence, obeying his commandments and keeping all his laws, then I won’t strike you with all the diseases that I inflicted on the Egyptians; I am God your healer.” 27They came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees. They set up camp there by the water.
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