six hundred chariots
to pursue the Hebrews and bring them back.
When the Hebrews
saw the Egyptians coming, they cried out to Moses, "Why did
you not let us alone? It would have been better to serve the
Egyptians than to die here in the wilderness." Moses told his
people not to fear, for God would save them. Then the pillar of
cloud moved behind them and came between them and the Egyptians,
so that the Egyptians could not find them.
out his staff over the sea, and God caused a strong east wind to
blow all that night. In the morning the waters were divided, and
the Hebrews passed safely over the dry ground between the walls of
water on their right and left.
pursued and went in after them. But the chariot wheels of
Pharaoh's soldiers first stuck and then came off. The Egyptians
were frightened, since they saw that the Hebrews had crossed to
the other shore. As the soldiers turned to fell, Moses stretched
forth his hand and the Lord caused the waters to rush together
again. The chariots and horsemen and all of Pharaoh's army were
The children of
Israel stood on dry ground on the other side - and they feared the
Lord and believed in Him and in His servant Moses.