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Israel's Song of Praise

Israel's Song of Praise

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Then Moses and the entire congregation sang this Song of Praise to G-d for their miraculous rescue.

1. I will sing unto the Lord, for He is highly exalted; the horse and its rider has He thrown into the sea.

2. The Lord is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation; this is my G-d and I will glorify Him; my father's G-d, and I will exalt Him. The Lord is the lord of war, The Lord is His name.

3. Pharaoh's chariots and his host has He cast into the sea. And his chosen captains are sunk in the Red Sea. The deeps cover them; they went down into the depths like a stone.

4. Your right hand, 0 Lord, is glorious in power, Your right hand, 0 Lord, dashes in pieces the enemy.

5. And in the greatness of Your excellency You overthrow them that rise up against Thee; you send forth Your wrath; it consumes them as stubble.

6. And with the blast of Your nostrils the waters were piled up, the floods stood upright as a heap; the deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea.

7. The enemy said: I will Pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.'

8. You did blow Your wind, the sea covered them. They sank as lead in the mighty waters.

9. Who is like unto Thee, 0 Lord, among the mighty? Who is like unto Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? You stretch out Your right hand, the earth swallowed them.

10. You in Your love have led the people that You have redeemed; You guided them in Your strength to Your holy habitation.

11. The peoples have heard, they trembled; pangs have taken hold on the inhabitants of Philistia. Then were the chiefs of Edom affrighted; the mighty men of Moab, trembling taketh hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan are melted away.

12. Terror and dread falleth upon them. By the greatness of Your arm they are as still as a stone; until Your people cross over, O Lord, until this nation that You have acquired crosses over. You bringest them in, and plantest them in the mountain of Your inheritance. The place, 0 Lord, which You have made for Thee to dwell in, The sanctuary, 0 Lord, which Your hands have established. The Lord shall reign for ever and ever."

As the last words of the song died away, Miriam seized her timbrel, and followed by a multitude of Hebrew maidens and women, went forth in procession, dancing and proclaiming:

"Sing again to the Lord, for He is gloriously exalted; the horse and its rider has He thrown into the sea."

From Our People by Jacob Isaacs published and copyrighted by Kehot Publication Society 1946-1948
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