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Israel’s Song

1Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to Yahweh and said, “I will sing to Yahweh, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
  2Yah is my strength and song, he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
  3Yahweh is a man of war; Yahweh is his name.
  4“He has cast Pharaoh’s chariots and his army into the sea, his chosen captains are sunk in the Red Sea.
  5The deeps cover them; they went down into the depths like a stone.
  6Your right hand, Yahweh, is glorious in power, your right hand, Yahweh, dashes the enemy in pieces.
  7In the greatness of your excellency you overthrow those who rise up against you; you send forth your wrath; it consumes them as stubble.
  8With the blast of your nostrils the waters were piled up; the floods stood upright as a heap; the deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea.
  9The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil, my desire will be satisfied on them. I will draw my sword; my hand will destroy them.’
  10You blew with your wind; the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters.
  11“Who is like you, Yahweh, among the gods? Who is like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
  12You stretched out your right hand; the earth swallowed them.
  13“You in your loving kindness have led the people that you have redeemed; you have guided them in your strength to your holy habitation.
  14The peoples have heard; they tremble; pangs have taken hold on the inhabitants of Philistia.
  15Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed; trembling takes hold of the mighty men of Moab; all the inhabitants of Canaan are melted away.
  16Terror and dread falls on them; by the greatness of your arm, they are as still as a stone, until your people cross over, Yahweh, until the people whom you have purchased cross over.
  17You will bring them in and plant them in the mountain of your inheritance, the place, Yahweh, that you have made for yourself to dwell in, the sanctuary, Lord, that your hands have established
  18Yahweh will reign forever and ever.”

19For the horses of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and Yahweh brought back the waters of the sea on them, but the children of Israel walked on dry ground in the middle of the sea.
  20Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dances.
  21Miriam answered them, “Sing to Yahweh, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”

Water Provided

22Moses led Israel onward from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
  23When they came to Marah, they could not drink from the waters of Marah because they were bitter. Therefore its name was called Marah.
  24The people murmured against Moses, saying, “What will we drink?”
  25Then he cried out to Yahweh; Yahweh showed him a stick, and he threw it into the waters, and the waters were made sweet. He made a statute and an ordinance for them there, and he tested them there,
  26and he said, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, and will do what is right in his eyes, and will pay attention to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I have put on the Egyptians, for I am Yahweh who heals you.”

27They came to Elim, where there were 12 springs of water and 70 palm trees, and they encamped there by the waters.

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