The Song of Moses and Miriam
1Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
“I will sing to the Lord,
for He is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
He has hurled into the sea.
He has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise Him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
3The Lord is a warrior;
the Lord is His Name.
4Pharaoh’s chariots and his army
he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers
are drowned in the Red Sea.b
5The deep waters have covered them;
they sank to the depths like a stone.
6Your Right Hand, Lord,
was majestic in power.
Your Right Hand, Lord,
shattered the enemy.
7“In the greatness of Your Majesty
You threw down those who opposed You.
You unleashed your burning anger;
it consumed them like stubble.
8By the blast of Your nostrils
the waters piled up.
The surging waters stood up like a wall;
the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.
9The enemy boasted,
‘I will pursue, I will overtake them.
I will divide the spoils;
I will gorge myself on them.
I will draw my sword
and my hand will destroy them.’
10But you blew with Your breath,
and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
in the mighty waters.
11Who among the gods
is like you, Lord?
Who is like you—
majestic in Holiness,
awesome in Glory,
12“You stretch out Your Right Hand,
and the earth swallows Your enemies.
13In Your unfailing love You will lead
the people You have redeemed.
In Your strength You will guide them
to Your Holy Dwelling.
14The nations will hear and tremble;
anguish will grip the people of Philistia.
15The chiefs of Edom will be terrified,
the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling,
the peoplec of Canaan will melt away;
16terror and dread will fall on them.
By the Power of Your arm
they will be as still as a stone—
until Your people pass by, Lord,
until the people You boughtd pass by.
17You will bring them in and plant them
on the mountain of Your inheritance—
the place, Lord, You made for Your dwelling,
the sanctuary, Lord, Your hands established.
18“The Lord reigns
for ever and ever.”
19When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemene went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. 20Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21Miriam sang to them:
“Sing to the Lord,
for He is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
He has hurled into the sea.”
The Waters of Marah and Elim
22Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 23When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.f )24So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”
25Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.
There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test. 26He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, Who heals you.”
27Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.
Moses and the Israelites sing a song of praise to God for their late deliverance, in which they celebrate the power of God, gloriously manifested in the destruction of Pharaoh and his army, Exodus 15:1; express their confidence in Him as their strength and protector, Exodus 15:2, Exodus 15:3; detail the chief circumstances in the overthrow of the Egyptians, Exodus 15:4-8; and relate the purposes they had formed for the destruction of God's people, Exodus 15:9, and how He destroyed them in the imaginations of their hearts, Exodus 15:10. Jehovah is celebrated for the perfections of His nature and His wondrous works, Exodus 15:11-13. A prediction of the effect which the account of the destruction of the Egyptians should have on the Edomites, Moabites, and Canaanites, Exodus 15:14-16. A prediction of the establishment of Israel in the promised land, Exodus 15:17. The full chorus of praise, Exodus 15:18. Recapitulation of the destruction of the Egyptians, and the deliverance of Israel, Exodus 15:19. Miriam and the women join in and prolong the chorus, Exodus 15:20, Exodus 15:21.
The people travel three days in the wilderness of Shur, and find no water, Exodus 15:22. Coming to Marah, and finding bitter waters, they murmur against Moses, Exodus 15:23, Exodus 15:24. In answer to the prayer of Moses, God shows him a tree by which the waters are sweetened, Exodus 15:25. God gives them statutes and gracious promises, Exodus 15:26. They come to Elim, where they find twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees, and there they encamp, Exodus 15:27.