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Exodus 15 New Century Version (NCV)

The Song of Moses

15 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:

“I will sing to the Lord,
    because he is worthy of great honor.
He has thrown the horse and its rider
    into the sea.
The Lord gives me strength and makes me sing;
    he has saved me.
He is my God,
    and I will praise him.
He is the God of my ancestors,
    and I will honor him.
The Lord is a warrior;
    the Lord is his name.
The chariots and soldiers of the king of Egypt
    he has thrown into the sea.
The king’s best officers
    are drowned in the Red Sea.
The deep waters covered them,
    and they sank to the bottom like a rock.
Your right hand, Lord,
    is amazingly strong.
Lord, your right hand
    broke the enemy to pieces.
In your great victory
    you destroyed those who were against you.
Your anger destroyed them,
    like fire burning straw.
Just a blast of your breath,
    and the waters piled up.
The moving water stood like a wall;
    the deep waters became solid in the middle of the sea.

“The enemy bragged,
    ‘I’ll chase them and catch them.
I’ll take all their riches;
    I’ll take all I want.
I’ll pull out my sword,
    and my hand will destroy them.’
10 But you blew on them with your breath
    and covered them with the sea.
They sank like lead
    in the raging water.

11 “Are there any gods like you, Lord?
    There are no gods like you.
    You are wonderfully holy,
    amazingly powerful,
    a worker of miracles.
12 You reached out with your right hand,
    and the earth swallowed our enemies.
13 You keep your loving promise
    and lead the people you have saved.
With your strength you will guide them
    to your holy place.

14 “The other nations will hear this and tremble with fear;
    terror will take hold of the Philistines.
15 The leaders of the tribes of Edom will be very frightened;
the powerful men of Moab will shake with fear;
the people of Canaan will lose all their courage.
16 Terror and horror will fall on them.
When they see your strength,
    they will be as still as a rock.
They will be still until your people pass by, Lord.
    They will be still until the people you have taken as your own pass by.
17 You will lead your people and place them
    on your very own mountain,
the place that you, Lord, made for yourself to live,
    the temple, Lord, that your hands have made.
18 The Lord will be king forever!”

19 The horses, chariot drivers, and chariots of the king of Egypt went into the sea, and the Lord covered them with water from the sea. But the Israelites walked through the sea on dry land. 20 Then Aaron’s sister Miriam, a prophetess, took a tambourine in her hand. All the women followed her, playing tambourines and dancing. 21 Miriam told them:

“Sing to the Lord,
    because he is worthy of great honor;
he has thrown the horse and its rider
    into the sea.”

Bitter Water Becomes Good

22 Moses led the Israelites away from the Red Sea into the Desert of Shur. They traveled for three days in the desert but found no water. 23 Then they came to Marah, where there was water, but they could not drink it because it was too bitter. (That is why the place was named Marah.[a]) 24 The people grumbled to Moses and asked, “What will we drink?”

25 So Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When Moses threw the tree into the water, the water became good to drink.

There the Lord gave the people a rule and a law to live by, and there he tested their loyalty to him. 26 He said, “You must obey the Lord your God and do what he says is right. If you obey all his commands and keep his rules, I will not bring on you any of the sicknesses I brought on the Egyptians. I am the Lord who heals you.”

27 Then the people traveled to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees. So the people camped there near the water.

Footnotes:

  1. 15:23 Marah This name means “bitter.”
New Century Version (NCV)

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Exodus 15 New International Version (NIV)

The Song of Moses and Miriam

15 Then 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.

“The Lord is my strength and my defense[a];
    he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
    my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a warrior;
    the Lord is his name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army
    he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers
    are drowned in the Red Sea.[b]
The deep waters have covered them;
    they sank to the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, Lord,
    was majestic in power.
Your right hand, Lord,
    shattered the enemy.

“In the greatness of your majesty
    you threw down those who opposed you.
You unleashed your burning anger;
    it consumed them like stubble.
By 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.
The 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.’
10 But you blew with your breath,
    and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
    in the mighty waters.
11 Who among the gods
    is like you, Lord?
Who is like you—
    majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory,
    working wonders?

12 “You stretch out your right hand,
    and the earth swallows your enemies.
13 In your unfailing love you will lead
    the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
    to your holy dwelling.
14 The nations will hear and tremble;
    anguish will grip the people of Philistia.
15 The chiefs of Edom will be terrified,
    the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling,
the people[c] of Canaan will melt away;
16     terror 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 bought[d] pass by.
17 You 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.”

19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen[e] 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. 20 Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam 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

22 Then 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. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.[f]) 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”

25 Then 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. 26 He 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.”

27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

Footnotes:

  1. Exodus 15:2 Or song
  2. Exodus 15:4 Or the Sea of Reeds; also in verse 22
  3. Exodus 15:15 Or rulers
  4. Exodus 15:16 Or created
  5. Exodus 15:19 Or charioteers
  6. Exodus 15:23 Marah means bitter.
New International Version (NIV)

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