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Now when Pharaoh heard that the children of Israel were gone, his heart was again hardened. And he took with him many chariots and horses, and an army of soldiers, and pursued after the children of Israel to try to bring them back, that they might serve him again. When the children of Israel saw Pharaoh and his army coming, they were greatly afraid, for Pharaoh was behind them, and the waters of the Red Sea, which they could not pass, were before them. Then they were angry with Moses for having brought them there. They said, that he had brought them there to die, and that it had been better for them to have served the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.

But Moses told them not to fear, but to trust in God, who was able to save them: and he said, that the Lord would fight for them.

Then the Lord spake unto Moses: God said, that Moses should lift up his rod and stretch out his hand over the sea, and the waters should be divided; and so the children of Israel should go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

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.

The pillar of the cloud stood between the children of Israel and the Egyptians. And it was a cloud and darkness to the Egyptians, but it gave light by night to Israel. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord caused the sea to go back, and made a way of dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel passed through the midst of the sea upon the dry ground, and the waters stood like a wall on their right hand and on their left.

And in the morning Pharaoh and all the Egyptians pursued the children of Israel, and went in after them into the midst of the sea.

Then God commanded Moses to stretch forth his rod again over the sea, and the waters came back and covered Pharaoh, and his chariots, and his horsemen, and all his army, and they were all drowned; there remained not so much as one of them alive.

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 when the people of Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians, they feared the Lord, and believed the Lord and His servant Moses.

Then Moses, and all the children of Israel, sang a song unto the Lord; and they praised the Lord, for that He had brought them through the midst of the sea on dry land, and had saved them from Pharaoh and all his army.

Exodus xiv. & xv.

To pursue, is to follow after.

To encamp, is to set up tents for a number of persons to dwell in.

Chapter L.

GOD'S PEOPLE FED WITH BREAD FROM HEAVEN. THEN Moses led the children of Israel on from the Red Sea, through the wilderness, towards mount Sinai: for God had said that Moses should

bring them there to worship Him. And they went three days' journey in the wilderness, and found no water.

At last they came to a place called Marah, where there was water; but the water was bitter, and they could not drink it. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"

Then Moses prayed to God to help them; and God showed him a tree, and told him to put a branch of the tree into the water. And when Moses had cast a branch of the tree into the water, the bitter water was made sweet.

Then they journeyed on, and came to a place called Elim, where there were twelve wells of water, and seventy palm-trees. And they encamped by the waters.

Palm-trees are tall and beautiful trees with very broad leaves.

And Moses led the children of Israel from Elim into the wilderness again. And now they had no bread to eat. Then they murmured against Moses and Aaron. They said, "Would to God that 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 us with hunger." They had forgotten the hard bondage they had to bear in the land of Egypt, and their prayers to God, that He would deliver them, and how God had heard their prayers, and had brought them forth.

God was very merciful to His people, and did not punish them for their murmuring. He said He would give them food from heaven. That evening God sent them great numbers of birds, called quails, to eat, and the next day God rained down food from heaven for them.

In the morning, when they rose up, the ground was covered with a small round thing like white seeds, and the taste of it was sweet, like flour mixed with honey. And they called it "manna."

And God commanded that the people should gather of the manna every morning enough for that day. But on the sixth day they were to gather enough for two days, that they might not gather it on the seventh day, because it was the

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