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When it was obvious the Hebrews were not coming back to make bricks for Egypt again, nor to return the jewelry and clothing they “borrowed”, the Pharaoh took his charioteers and went out after them.

The tide went out, and the stretch of land between Lake Timsah and the Great Bitter Lake became mudflats that were dry enough for those who go on two and four feet to cross to the eastern shore, but those who went on chariot wheels had a little bit of trouble. Pharaoh and his Egyptian cavalry got stuck in the mud, and when they tried to hoof it their boots got stuck also. They could not escape before the tide came in and drowned all of them.

Then Moses broke out into song:

I will sing unto the LORD, For he hath triumphed gloriously: The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, And he is become my salvation:

He is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; My father’s God, and I will exalt him.

The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone…

There is a tradition in the Talmud that the angels of heaven started singing this song too, thinking it would please God, but God told them, “What the hell are you doing? My children are drowning and you want to sing about it?”

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