Exodus 14:10-31 & 15:20-21
Easter Vigil A
14:10 As PharaohI drew near,II the IsraelitesIII looked back,IV
andV there were the EgyptiansVI advancingVII onVIII them.
In greatIX fearX the Israelites cried outXI to the Lord.XII
11 They said to Moses,XIII “Was it becauseXIV there were no gravesXV in EgyptXVI
that you have taken us awayXVII to dieXVIII in the wilderness?XIX What have you doneXX to us, bringingXXI us out of Egypt?
12 Is this not the very thingXXII we toldXXIII you in Egypt, ‘Let us aloneXXIV so that we can serveXXV the Egyptians’? For it would have been betterXXVI for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
13 But Moses said to the people,XXVII “Do not be afraid,XXVIII stand firm,XXIX and seeXXX the deliveranceXXXI
that the Lord will accomplishXXXII for you today,XXXIII for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall neverXXXIV see again.XXXV
14 The Lord will fightXXXVI for you, and you have only to keep still.”XXXVII
15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward.XXXVIII 16 But you lift upXXXIX your staffXL and stretch outXLI
your handXLII over the seaXLIII and divideXLIV it, that the Israelites may goXLV intoXLVI the sea on dry ground.XLVII
17 Then IXLVIII will hardenXLIX the heartsL of the Egyptians so that they will go in afterLI them, and so I will gain gloryLII for myself over Pharaoh and allLIII
his army,LIV his chariots,LV and his chariot drivers.LVI 18 Then the Egyptians shall knowLVII that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.”
19 The angelLVIII of GodLIX who was goingLX
beforeLXI the Israelite armyLXII movedLXIII
and went behindLXIV them, and the pillarLXV of cloudLXVI moved from in front ofLXVII them and took its placeLXVIII behind them.
20 It cameLXIX betweenLXX the armyLXXI of Egypt and the armyLXXII of Israel.LXXIII And so the cloud wasLXXIV there
with the darkness,LXXV and it lit upLXXVI the night;LXXVII one did not come nearLXXVIII the otherLXXIX all night.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea backLXXX by a strongLXXXI eastLXXXII windLXXXIII all night
and turnedLXXXIV the sea into dry land,LXXXV and the watersLXXXVI were divided. 22 The Israelites wentLXXXVII into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wallLXXXVIII for them
on their rightLXXXIX and on their left.XC 23 The Egyptians pursuedXCI and wentXCII into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses,XCIII chariots, and chariot drivers.
24 XCIVAt the morningXCV watchXCVI the Lord, in the pillar of fireXCVII and cloud,
looked downXCVIII on the Egyptian armyXCIX and threw the Egyptian armyC into a panic.CI
25 He cloggedCII their chariotCIII wheelsCIV so that they turnedCV with difficulty.CVI The Egyptians said, “Let us fleeCVII fromCVIII the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”
26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come backCIX upon the Egyptians, upon their chariotsCX and chariot drivers.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and atCXI dawn the sea returnedCXII to its normal depth.CXIII As the Egyptians fled beforeCXIV it, the Lord tossedCXV the Egyptians into the sea.
28 The waters returned and coveredCXVI the chariotsCXVII and the chariot drivers, the entireCXVIII armyCXIX of Pharaoh that had followedCXX them into the sea;
not oneCXXI of them remained.CXXII 29 But the Israelites walkedCXXIII on dry ground throughCXXIV the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.
30 Thus the Lord savedCXXV Israel that dayCXXVI fromCXXVII the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.CXXVIII
31 Israel saw the greatCXXIX workCXXX that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believedCXXXI in the Lord and in his servantCXXXII Moses.
15:20 Then the prophetCXXXIII Miriam,CXXXIV Aaron’sCXXXV sister,CXXXVI
took a tambourineCXXXVII in her hand, and all the womenCXXXVIII went outCXXXIX after her with tambourines and with dancing.CXL
21 And Miriam sangCXLI to them:
“SingCXLII to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;CXLIII
horse and riderCXLIV he has thrownCXLV into the sea.”
Image credit: “Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (Hiawatha, Iowa) – doors, Parting of the Red Sea.” Photo by Nheyob, 2014.