Caught Between the Sea and Egypt

Now Pharaoh was near when the Israelites looked up and saw that the Egyptians had set out after them. Greatly frightened, the Israelites cried out to the LORD. To Moses they said, “Were there no burial places in Egypt that you brought us to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Did we not tell you this in Egypt, when we said, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? Far better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” But Moses answered the people, “Do not fear! Stand your ground and see the victory the LORD will win for you today. For these Egyptians whom you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you have only to keep still.”

Exodus 14:10-14
Caught between the sea and Egypt:
Did you lead me here to die?
Crushed beneath the Pharaoh's edict,
yet I have no strength to fight,
and my heart can flee no longer
from the army that pursues.
O my champion, you are stronger:
Let them fight not me, but you.

I have fled headlong at midnight;
I have trod the Red Sea road,
but there seems no end to my flight,
and my fears are drawing close.
With your presence come and hide me;
with your cloud and shade surround.
Let me feel you here beside me
where my weakness runs to ground.

In my fear, be my abiding;
in the shadow, be my rest;
in my panic, be my guiding
on the paths I'd never guessed.
Make a ways through doubt and danger;
come in pow'r and set me free
from the oceans of my anger
with a sword that carves the sea.
Crossing the Red Sea, Rothschild Haggadah, ca. 1450 By יואל בן שמעון – The National Library of Israel, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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