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for Moses and Aaron by night and said, “Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.” And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, “We be all dead men.” And the children of Israel went out with a high hand, and the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light.
But when it was told Pharaoh that the people fled, the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: and he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel with all his horses, and his chariots, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea.
And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid : and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord. And they said unto Moses, “ Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee
in Egypt, saying, ' Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians ?' For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.” And Moses said unto the people, “ Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you to-day : for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”
And the Lord said unto Moses, “ Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward : but lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them : and I will get me honor upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten me honor upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.” And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them : and it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel ; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these : so that the one came not near the other all the night.
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground : and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked upon the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, and took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, “ Let us flee from the face of Israel ; for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians." And the Lord said unto Moses, “ Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.” And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared ; and the Egyptians filed against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea ; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand and on their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea-shore. And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did unto the Egyptians : and the people feared the Lord, and believed th: Lord, and his servant Moses.
The Story of the Manna in the Wdlilderness.
(From the 16th Chapter of Exodus.)
The children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness; and the children of Israel said unto them, “ Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh-pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Then said the Lord unto Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from Heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather every day, and it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day, that which they shall bring in shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, “ At even, then ye shall know that the Lord hath brought you out from the land of Egypt: and in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the Lord; for that he heareth your murmurings.”
And it came to pass as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, “I have heard
the murmurings of the children of Israel : speak unto them, saying, ' At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God.?" And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar-frost on the ground. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, “ It is manna : " for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, “ This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.” And Moses said, “Let no man leave of it till the morning.” Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses ; but some of them left of it till the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them. And it came to pass, upon the sixth day they gathered twice as much. And the rulers came and told Moses. And he said unto them, “Tomorrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord : bake that which ye will bake to-day, and seethe that ye will seethe ; and that which remaineth over lay up to be kept until the morning.” And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade, and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. And Moses said, “ Eat that to-day; for to-day is a sabbath unto the Lord, and ye shall not find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none." And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they