This isn't the first time that I've come across this passage of scripture. I'm that person who starts reading the Bible from Genesis in January and finds himself floundering in the wilderness a month or so later, bogged down by rules and regulations concerning sacrifice, divorce, murder and skin sores sprouting white hair. So, yeah — I've read Genesis and Exodus many times. And, in the past, whenever I would come to this song that Moses sings and think that maybe I should write about it, I would think, No, it's too hard.
But, after writing those 40 chapters from the Book of Job last year — with God's help — without skipping any because I thought that they might have been too hard, I've gained a new confidence that makes me think that, with God's help, I'll be able to plow through most anything — much like the picture above.
Song of Deliverance
Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord:
I will sing to the LORD, for his triumph's immense;
both the rider and horse he's thrown into the sea.
Oh, the LORD is my strength, he's my song and defense;
for the LORD has become a salvation to me.
He's forever my God that I'll praise and adore;
he's the God of my father that I will acclaim.
Oh, the LORD is a warrior, a real man of war;
I will sing of Jehovah. The LORD is his name.
In the sea has the army of Pharaoh been drowned.
In the Red Sea the best of his captains were thrown.
With their armor and chariots dragging them down;
every one of them sank to the depths like a stone.
LORD, your right hand's majestic in power and might;
LORD, your right hand makes all of your enemies doomed.
Overthrowing your foes who rise up for a fight;
with your fury inflamed, they, like straw, are consumed.
With a blast of your nostrils you breathed on the sea,
and the waters rose up in the air in a heap;
forming walls made of water where fish used to be
as the waters congealed in the heart of the deep.
And the enemy boasted and haughtily said,
I will soon overtake and despoil this hoard!
I will never let up till the desert bleeds red,
but destroy all I can with the blade of my sword!
Then you opened your mouth and you blew with your breath,
and the sea covered all of them over with waves.
Man and horse sank like lead to a horrible death,
now they lay on the bottom in watery graves.
Is there any god like you, LORD? Worthy of praise?
Is there anyone like you, LORD, matching your worth?
So majestic and holy! Such marvelous ways!
By your hand are your foes swallowed up by the earth.
You've redeemed us in mercy and led us to here.
In your strength you will guide us to your sacred home.
And the nations will hear and will tremble in fear;
in Philistia — sorrow and anguish will come.
Now the leaders of Edom are greatly dismayed;
and the Moabites tremble for what lies ahead;
all the Canaanites melt and are deathly afraid;
every one of them feeling the terror and dread.
By your powerful arm, they'll be still as a stone —
they'll be quiet until all your people go past;
LORD, your people — the ones whom you've bought and atoned —
till your once-enslaved people march by them at last.
You will bring in your people, possessing the land,
to your mountain, O LORD, where you've made your domain;
in the dwelling established by your holy hand.
LORD Jehovah, forever and ever will reign.
Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced.
And Miriam sang this song:
Let us sing to the LORD, who has gloriously
hurled horse and its rider both into the sea.
Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD: I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is his name. [ESV]
Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. [KJV]
The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone. [NIV]
Your right hand, O LORD, is glorious in power. Your right hand, O LORD, smashes the enemy.
In the greatness of your majesty, you overthrow those who rise against you. You unleash your blazing fury; it consumes them like straw.
At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up; the floods stood up in a heap; the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea. [ESV]
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.' [NIV]
But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters.
Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? [ESV]
You stretch out your right hand, and the earth swallows your enemies. [NIV]
With your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed. In your might, you guide them to your sacred home.
The nations will hear and tremble; anguish will grip the people of Philistia. [NIV]
Now are the chiefs of Edom dismayed; trembling seizes the leaders of Moab; all the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away. [ESV]
Terror and dread fall upon them; because of the greatness of your arm, they are still as a stone, till your people, O LORD, pass by, till the people pass by whom you have purchased. [ESV]
You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain— the place, O LORD, reserved for your own dwelling, the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established.
The LORD will reign forever and ever!
Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced.
And Miriam sang this song: Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.
Exodus 15:1-21 NLT — unless noted