A SONG OF DELIVERANCE – THE VICTORY SONG
1Then 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.
2The 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!
3The Lord is a warrior;
Yahweh is his name!
4Pharaoh’s chariots and army
he has hurled into the sea.
The finest of Pharaoh’s officers
are drowned in the Red Sea.b
5The deep waters gushed over them;
they sank to the bottom like a stone.
6“Your right hand, O Lord,
is glorious in power.
Your right hand, O Lord,
smashes the enemy.
7In the greatness of your majesty,
you overthrow those who rise against you.
You unleash your blazing fury;
it consumes them like straw.
8At the blast of your breath,
the waters piled up!
The surging waters stood straight like a wall;
in the heart of the sea the deep waters became hard.
9“The enemy boasted, ‘I will chase them
and catch up with them.
I will plunder them
and consume them.
I will flash my sword;
my powerful hand will destroy them.’
10But you blew with your breath,
and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
in the mighty waters.
11“Who is like you among the gods, O Lord—
glorious in holiness,
awesome in splendor,
performing great wonders?
12You raised your right hand,
and the earth swallowed our enemies.
13“With your unfailing love you lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your might, you guide them
to your sacred home.
14The peoples hear and tremble;
anguish grips those who live in Philistia.
15The leaders of Edom are terrified;
the nobles of Moab tremble.
All who live in Canaan melt away;
16terror and dread fall upon them.
The power of your arm
makes them lifeless as stone
until your people pass by, O Lord,
until the people you purchased pass by.
17You 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.
18The Lord will reign forever and ever!”
19When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers rushed into the sea,
the Lord brought the water crashing down on them.
But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground!
20Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the
women as they played their tambourines and danced.
21And Miriam sang this song:
“Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.”