Table of Contents
The Second Book of Moses
also called Exodus from the Latin(Part Three)
The 14th Chapter
Then the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: bid the children of Israel that they turn and pitch their tents before the entering of Hiroth between Migdol and the sea toward Baal Zephon: even before that shall you pitch upon the sea. For Pharao will say of the children of Israel: they are tangled in the land, the wilderness has shut them in. And I will harden his heart, that he shall follow after them, that I may get me honor upon Pharao and upon all his host, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did even so.
And when it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled, then Pharaos heart and all his servants turned unto the people and said: why have we this done, that we have let Israel go out of our service? and he made ready his chariots and took his people with him and took six hundred chosen chariots and all the chariots of Egypt and captains upon all his people. For the Lord hardened the heart of Pharao king of Egypt, that he followed after the children of Israel which for all that went out through an high hand. And the Egyptians followed after them and overtook them where they pitched by the sea, with all the horses and chariots of Pharao and with his horsemen and his host: even fast by the entering of Hiroth before Baal Zephon. And Pharao drew nigh, and when the children of Israel lifted up their eyes and saw how the Egyptians followed after them, they were sore afraid and cried out unto the Lord.
Then said they unto Moses: were there no graves for us in Egypt, but you must bring us away for to die in the wilderness? wherefore have you served us thus, for to carry us out of Egypt? Did we not tell you this in Egypt saying, let us be in rest and serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to have served the Egyptians, than for to die in the wilderness. And Moses said unto the people: fear you not but stand still and behold how the Lord shall save you this day: For as you see the Egyptians this day, shall you see them no more for ever till the worlds end. The Lord shall fight for you and you shall hold your peace.
The Lord said unto Moses: wherefore cries you unto me? speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward. But lift you up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it asunder, that the children of Israel may go on dry ground through the midst thereof. And behold I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians that they may follow you. And I will get me honor upon Pharao and upon all his host, upon his chariots and upon his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord when I have gotten me honor upon Pharao, upon his chariots and upon his horsemen.
And the angel of God which went before the host of Israel, removed and went behind them. And the clouded pillar that was before them removed and stood behind them and went between the host of the Egyptians and the host of Israel. It was a dark cloud, and gave light by night: so that all the night long the one could not come at the other.
When now Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, the Lord carried away the sea with a strong east wind that blew all night, and made the sea dry land and the water divided itself. And the children of Israel went in through the midst of the sea upon the dry ground. And the water was a wall unto them, both on their right hand and on their left hand. And the Egyptians followed and went in after them to the midst of the sea, with all Pharaos horses, and his chariots and his horsemen. And in the morning watch, the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians out of the fiery and cloudy pillar, and troubled their host and smote off their chariot wheels and cast them down to the ground. Then said the Egyptians: Let us flee from Israel, for the Lord fights for them against us. Then said the Lord unto Moses: stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come again upon the Egyptians upon their chariots and horsemen.
Then stretched forth Moses his hand over the sea, and it came again to his course early in the morning, and the Egyptians fled against it. Thus the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea, and the water returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen: so that of all the host of Pharao that came into the sea after them, there remained not one. But the children of Israel went upon dry land in the midst of the sea, and the water was a wall unto them: both on the right hand of them and also on the left.
Thus the Lord delivered Israel the self same day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea side. And when Israel saw that mighty hand which the Lord had showed upon the Egyptians, they feared the Lord: and believed both the Lord and also his servant Moses.
The 15th Chapter
Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song unto the Lord and said: Let us sing unto the Lord, for he is become glorious, the horse and him that rode upon him has he overthrown in the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song, and is become my salvation. He is my God and I will glorify him, he is my fathers God and I will lift him up on high. The Lord is a man of war, Jehovah is his name: Pharaos chariots and his host has he cast into the sea. His jolly captains are drowned in the *redd sea, the deep waters have covered them: they sunk to the bottom as a stone. your hand Lord is glorious in power, your hand Lord has all to dashed the enemy. And with your great glory you have destroyed your adversaries, you sent forth your wrath and it consumed them, even as stubble. With the breath of your anger the water gathered together and the floods stood still as a rock, and the deep water congealed together in the midst of the sea. *redd : exactly as it is recorded : red has many spiritual references within the Word of God ...receive these as he opens them up to you. RN
The enemy said: I will follow and overtake them, and will divide the spoil: I will satisfy my lust upon them: I will draw my sword, and mine hand shall destroy them.
You blew with your breath and the sea covered them, and they sank as lead in the mighty waters. Who is like unto you O Lord among gods: who is like you, so glorious in holiness, fearful, laudable and that show wonders? You stretched out your right hand, and in the earth swallowed them. And you carried with your mercy this people which you delivered, and brought them with your strength unto your holy habitation. The nations heard, and were afraid, pangs came upon the Philistines. Then the dukes of the Edomites were amazed, and trembling came upon the mightiest of the Moabites, and all the inhabiters of Canaan waxed faint hearted. Let fear and dread fall upon them through the greatness of your arm, and let them be as still as a stone: while your people pass through O Lord, while the people pass through, which you have gotten. Bring them in, and plant them in the mountains of your inheritance, the place Lord which you have made for to dwell in, the sanctuary Lord, which your hands have prepared. The Lord reign ever and all way. For Pharao went in on horseback with his chariots and horsemen into the sea, and the Lord brought the waters of the sea upon them. And the children of Israel went on dry land through the midst of the sea. And MirJam a prophetess the sister of Aaron took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women came out after her with timbrels in a dance. And MirJam sang before them: sing you unto the Lord, for he is become glorious indeed: the horse and his rider has he overthrown in the sea. Moses brought Israel from the redd sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Sur. And they went three days long in the wilderness, and could find no water. At the last they came to Mara: but they could not drink of the waters for bitterness, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of the place was called Mara. Then the people murmured against Moses, saying: what shall we drink? And Moses cried unto the Lord, and he showed him a tree: and he cast it into the waters, and they waxed sweet.
There he made them an ordinance and a law, and there he tempted them and said: If you will hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, and will do that which is right in his sight and will give an ear unto his commandments, and keep all his ordinances: then will I put none of these diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord your surgeon.
The 16th Chapter
And they came to Elim where were twelve wells of water and seventy date trees, and they pitched there by the water. And they took their journey from Elim, and all the whole company of the children of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which lies between Elim and Sinai: the fifteenth day of the second month after that they were come out of the land of Egypt. And the whole multitude of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and said unto them: would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and ate bread our bellies full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole multitude for hunger.
Then said the Lord unto Moses: behold, I will rain bread from heaven down to you, and let the people go out, and gather day by day, that I may prove them whether they will walk in my law or no. The sixth day let them prepare that which they will bring in, and let it be twice as much as they gather in daily. And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel: at even you shall know that it is the Lord, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord: because he has heard your grudgings against the Lord: for what are we that you should murmur against us? And moreover spoke Moses: At evening the Lord will give you flesh to eat, and in the morning bread enough, because the Lord has heard your murmur which you murmur against him: for what are we? your murmuring is not against us, but against the Lord.
And Moses spoke unto Aaron: Say unto all the company of the children of Israel, come forth before the Lord: for he has heard your grudgings. And as Aaron spoke unto the whole multitude of the children of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness: and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in a cloud. And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: I have heard the murmuring of the children of Israel, tell them therefore and say that at evening they shall eat flesh, and in the morning they shall be filled with bread, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God. And at evening the quails came and covered the ground where they lay. And in the morning the dew lay round about the host. And when the dew was fallen: behold, it lay upon the ground in the wilderness, small and round and thin as the hoarfrost on the ground. When the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another: what is this? for they knew not what is was. And Moses said: this is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. This is the thing which the Lord has commanded, that you gather every man enough for him to eat: a *gomer (omer; about 2qts) full for a man according to the number of you, and gather every man for them which are in his tent.
And the children of Israel did even so, and gathered some more some less, and did *mete (measure) it with a gomer. And unto him that had gathered much remained nothing over, and unto him that had gathered little was there no lack: but every man had gathered sufficient for his eating. And Moses said unto them: See that no man let anything remain of it until the morning. Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses: but some of them left of it until the morning, and it waxed full of worms and stank, and Moses was angry with them.
And they gathered it all mornings: every man as much as sufficed for his eating, for as soon as the heat of the *sonne came it melted. And the sixth day they gathered twice so much bread, two gomers for one man: and the rulers of the multitude came and told Moses. And he said unto them: this is that which the Lord has said: tomorrow is the Sabbath of the holy rest of the Lord: bake that which you will bake and fetch that you will fetch, and that which remains lay up for you, and keep it till the morning. And they laid it up till the morning as Moses bade, and it stank not, neither was there any worms therein. And Moses said: that eat this day: for today it is the Lords Sabbath: today you shall find none in the field. Six days you shall gather it, for the seventh is the Sabbath: there shall be none therein.*sonne (exact spelling, sun is found in this text as sunne)
Notwithstanding there went out of the people in the seventh day for to gather: but they found none. Then the Lord said unto Moses: how long shall it be, ere (until) you will keep my commandments and laws? See because the Lord has given you a Sabbath, therefore he gives you the sixth day bread for two days. Bide therefore every man at home, and let no man go out of his place the seventh day. And the people rested the seventh day. And the house of Israel called it Man. And it was like unto wafers made with honey.
And Moses said: this is that which the Lord commands: fill a gomer of it, that it may be kept for your children after you: that they may see the bread wherewith he fed you in wilderness, when he had brought you out of the land of Egypt. And Moses spoke unto Aaron: take a cruse and put a gomer full of Man therein, and lay it up before the Lord to be kept for your children after you, as the Lord commanded Moses. And Aaron laid it up before the testimony there to be kept. And the children of Israel ate man forty years until they came unto a land inhabited. And so they ate Man, even until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan, and a gomer is the tenth part of an Epha.
The 17th Chapter
And all the company of the children of Israel went on their journeys from the wilderness of Sin at the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Raphidim: where was no water for the people to drink. And the people chode (disapproving) with Moses and said: give us water to drink. And Moses said unto them: why chide you with me, and wherefore do you tempt the Lord? There the people thirsted for water, and murmured against Moses and said: wherefore have you brought us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
And Moses cried unto the Lord saying, what shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me. And the Lord said unto Moses: go before the people, and take with you of the elders of Israel: and your rod wherewith you smote the river, take in your hand and go. Behold, I will stand there before you upon a rock in Horeb: and you shall smite the rock, and there shall come water out thereof, that the people may drink.
And Moses did even so before the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place: Massa and Meriba: because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord saying: is the Lord among us or not?
Then came Amalek and fought with Israel in Raphidim. And Moses said unto Josua: choose out men and go fight with Amelech. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill and the rod of God in mine hand. And Josua did as Moses bade him, and fought with the Amalekites. And Moses, Aaron and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And when Moses held up his hand, Israel had the better. And when he let his hand down, Amelech had the better. When Moses hands were weary, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat down there on. And Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side and the other on the other side. And his hands were steady until the *son was down. And Josua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of his sword. *sonne (exact spelling, sun is found in this text as sunne)
And the Lord said unto Moses, write this for a remembrance in a book and tell it unto Josua, for I will put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses made an altar and called the name of it Jehovah Nissi, for he said: the hand is on the seat of the Lord, that the Lord will have war with Amalek throughout all generations.
The 18th Chapter
Jethro the priest of Madian Moses father in law heard of all that God had done unto Moses and to Israel his people, how that the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt. And he took Zippora Moses wife, after she was sent back, and her two sons, of which the one was called Gerson, for he said: I have been alien in a strange land. And the other was called Eliesar: for the God of my father was mine help and delivered me from the sword of Pharao. And Jethro Moses father in law came with his two sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness: where he had pitched his tent by the mount of God. And he sent word to Moses: I your father in law Jethro am come to you, and your wife also, and her two sons with her. And Moses went out to meet his father in law and did obeisance and kissed him, and they saluted each other and came into the tent. And Moses told his father in law all that the Lord had done unto Pharao and to the Egyptians for Israels sake, and all the travail that had happened them by the way, and how the Lord had delivered them. And Jethro rejoiced over all the good which the Lord had done to Israel, and because he had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. And Jethro said: blessed be the Lord which has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharao, which has delivered his people from under the power of the Egyptians. Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods, for because that they dealt proudly with them. And Jethro Moses father in law offered burnt offerings and sacrifices unto God. And Aaron and all the elders of Israel came to eat bread with Moses father in law before God.
And it chanced on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood about Moses from morning unto evening. When his father in law saw all that he did unto the people, he said: what is this that you do unto the people? why sits you yourself and let all the people stand about you from morning unto even? And Moses said unto his father in law: because the people came unto me to seek counsel of God. For when they have a matter, they come unto me, and I must judge between every man and his neighbor, and must show them the ordinances of God and his laws.
And his father in law said unto him: it is not well that you do. You do unwisely and also this people that is with you: because the thing is too grievous for you, and you are not able to do it your self alone. But hear my voice, and I will give you counsel, and God shall be with you. Be you unto the people to Godward, and bring the causes unto God and provide them ordinances and laws, and show them the way wherein they must walk and the works that they must do. Moreover seek out among all the people, men of activity which fear God, and men that are true and hate covetousness: and make them heads over the people, captains over thousands, over hundreds, over fifty, and over ten. And let them judge the people at all seasons: If there be any great matter, let them bring that unto you, and let them judge all small causes themselves, and ease your self, and let them bear with you. If you shall do this thing, then you shall be able to endure that which God charges you with all, and all this people shall go to their places quietly.
And Moses heard the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said, and chose active men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, captains over thousands, over hundreds, over fifty and over ten. And they judged the people at all seasons, and brought the hard causes unto Moses: and judged all small matters themselves. And then Moses let his father in law depart, and he went in to his own land.
The 19th Chapter
The third month after the children of Israel were gone out of Egypt: the same day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from Raphidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai and had pitched their tents in the wilderness. And there Israel pitched before the mount. And Moses went up unto God. And the Lord called to him out of the mountain saying: thus say unto the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: you have seen what I did unto the Egyptians and how I took you up upon eagles wings, and have brought you unto myself. Now therefore if you will hear my voice and keep mine appointment: you shall be mine own above all nations, for all the earth is mine. you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and an holy people: these are the words which you shall say unto the children of Israel.
And Moses came and called for the elders of Israel, and laid before them all these words which the Lord had commanded him. And the people answered all together and said: All that the Lord has said, we will do. And Moses brought the words of the people unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Moses: Lo, I will come unto you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I talk with you, and also believe you for ever. And Moses showed the words of the people unto the Lord.
And the Lord said unto Moses: Go unto the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes: that they may be ready against the third day. For the third day will the Lord come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. And set marks round about the people and say: beware that you go not up into the mount, and that you touch not the borders of it, for whosoever touches the mount, shall surely die. There shall not an hand touch it, but that he shall either be stoned or else shot through: whether it be beast or man, it shall not live, when the horn blows: then let them come up in to the mountain.
And Moses went down from the mount unto the people and sanctified them, and they washed their clothes: And he said unto the people: be ready against the third day, and see that you come not at your wives. And the third in the morning there was thunder, and lighting and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the horn waxed exceeding loud, and all the people that was in the host was afraid. And Moses brought the people out of the tents to meet with God, and they stood under the hill.
And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke: because the Lord descended down upon it in fire. And the smoke thereof ascended up, as it had been the smoke of a kiln, and all the mount was exceeding fearful. And the voice of the horn blew and waxed louder, and louder. Moses spoke, and God answered him and that with a voice. And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, even in the top of the hill, and called Moses up into the top of the hill. And Moses went up.
And the Lord said unto Moses: go down and charge the people that they press not up unto the Lord for to see him, and so many of them perish. And let the priests also which come to the Lords presence, sanctify themselves: least the Lord smite them. Then Moses said unto the Lord: the people cannot come up in to mount Sinai, for you charged us saying: set marks about the hill and sanctify it. And the Lord said unto him: away, and get you down: and come up both you and Aaron with you. But let not the Priests and the people presume for to come up unto the Lord: least he smite them. And Moses went down unto the people and told them.
The 20th Chapter
And God spoke all these words and said: I am the Lord your God, which have brought you out of the land of Egypt and out of the house of bondage. You shall have none other gods in my sight. You shall make you no graven image, neither any similitude that is in heaven above, either in the earth beneath, or in the water that is beneath the earth. See that you neither bow yourself unto them neither serve them: for I the Lord your God, am a jealous God, and visit the sin of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me: and yet show mercy unto thousands among them that love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain. Remember the Sabbath day that you sanctify it. Six days may you labor and do all that you have to do: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God, in it you shall do no manner work: neither you nor your son, nor your daughter, neither your manservant nor your maidservant, neither your cattle neither yet the stranger that is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made both heaven and earth and the sea and all that in them is and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
You shall not kill.
You shall not break wedlock.
You shall not steal.
You shall bear no false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbors house: neither shall covet your neighbors wife, his manservant, his maid, his ox, his ass or anything that is his.
And all the people saw the thunder and the lightning and the noise of the horn, and how the mountain smoked. And when the people saw it, they removed and stood afar off and said unto Moses: talk you with us and we will hear, but let not God talk with us, least we die. And Moses said unto the people fear not, for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be among you that you sin not.
And the people stood afar off, and Moses went into the thick cloud where God was. And the Lord said unto Moses: thus you shall say unto the children of Israel: you have seen how that I have talked with you from out of heaven. You shall not make therefore with me gods of silver nor gods of gold: in no wise shall you do it. An altar of earth you shall make unto me and thereon offer your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, and your sheep and your oxen. And in all places where I shall put the remembrance of my name, there I will come unto you and bless you. But and if you will make me an altar of stone, see you make it not of hewed stone, for if you lift up your tool upon it, you shall pollute it. Moreover you shall not go up with steps unto mine altar, that your nakedness be not showed thereon.
The 21st Chapter
These are the laws which you shall set before you. If you buy a servant that is an Hebrew, six years he shall serve, and the seventh he shall go out free paying nothing. If he came alone, he shall go out alone: If he came married, his wife shall go out with him. And if his master have given him a wife and she have borne him sons or daughters: then the wife and her children shall be her masters and he shall go out alone. But and if the servant say I love my master and my wife and my children, I will not go out free. Then let his master bring him unto the *gods and set him to the door or the doorpost, and bore his ear through with an nail, and let him be his servant forever. *gods; marginal note: Godly judges and princes who settled matters according to Godly law.
If a man sell his daughter to be a servant: she shall not go out as the menservants do. If she please not her master, so that he has given her to no man to wife, then shall he let her go free: to sell her unto a strange nation shall he have no power, because he despised her. If he have promised her unto his son to wife, he shall deal with her as men do with their daughters. If he take him another wife, yet her food, raiment and duty of marriage shall he not minish. If he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free and pay no money. He that smites a man that he die, shall be slain for it. If a man lay not await but God deliver him into his hand, then I will point you a place *whither he shall flee. If a man come presumptuously upon his neighbor and slay him with guile, you shall take him from mine altar that he die. And he that smites his father or his mother, shall die for it. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
He that steals a man and sells him (if it be proved upon him) shall be slain for it. And he that curses his father or mother, shall be put to death for it. If men strive together and one smite another with a stone or with his fist, so that he die not, but lies in bed: if he rise again and walk without upon his staff, then shall he that smote him go quit: save only he shall bear his charges while he lay in bed and pay for his healing.
If a man smite his servant or his maid with a staff that they die under his hand, it shall be avenged. But and if they continue a day or two, it shall not be avenged for they are his money. When men strive and smite a woman with child so that her fruit depart from her and yet no misfortune follows: then shall he be merced (merchandised or mercies), according as the womans husband will lay to his charge, and he shall pay as the daysmen appoint him. But and if any misfortune follow, then shall he pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound and stripe for stripe.
If a man smite his servant or his maid in the eye and put it out, he shall let them go free for the eyes sake. Also if he smite out his servants or his maids tooth, he shall let them go out free for the tooths sake. If an ox gore a man or a woman that they die, then the ox shall be stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten: and his master shall go quit.
If the ox were want to run at men in time past and it has been told his master, and he has not kept him, but that he has killed a man or a woman: then the ox shall be stoned and his master shall die also. If he be set to a sum of money, then he shall give for the deliverance of his life, according to all that is put unto him. And whether he has gored a son or a daughter, he shall be served after the same manner. But if it be a servant or a maid that the ox has gored, then he shall give unto their master the sum of thirty sickles, and the ox shall be stoned.
If a man open a well or dig a pit and cover it not, but that an ox or an ass fall therein, the owner of the pit shall make it good and give money unto their master, and the dead beast shall be his.
If one mans ox hurt anothers that he die: then they shall sell the live ox and divide the money, and the dead ox also they shall divide. But and if it be known that the ox has used to push in times past, then because his master has not kept him, he shall pay ox for ox, and the dead shall be his own.
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