Exodus 14:3
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English Standard Version
For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’

King James Bible
For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.

American Standard Version
And Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Pharao will say of the children of Israel: They are straitened in the land, the desert hath shut them in.

English Revised Version
And Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.

Webster's Bible Translation
For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Journey from Succoth to Etham. - Succoth, Israel's first place of encampment after their departure, was probably the rendezvous for the whole nation, so that it was from this point that they first proceeded in an orderly march. The shortest and most direct route from Egypt to Canaan would have been by the road to Gaza, in the land of the Philistines; but God did not lead them by this road, lest they should repent of their movement as soon as the Philistines opposed them, and so desire to return to Egypt, פּן: μή, after אמר to say (to himself), i.e., to think, with the subordinate idea of anxiety. The Philistines were very warlike, and would hardly have failed to resist the entrance of the Israelites into Canaan, of which they had taken possession of a very large portion. But the Israelites were not prepared for such a conflict, as is sufficiently evident from their despair, in Exodus 14:10. For this reason God made them turn round (יסּב for יסב, see Ges. 67) by the way of the desert of the Red Sea. Previous to the account of their onward march, it is still further stated in Exodus 13:18, Exodus 13:19, that they went out equipped, and took Joseph's bones with them, according to his last request. חמשׁים, from חמשׁ lumbus, lit., lumbis accincti, signifies equipped, as a comparison of this word as it is used in Joshua 1:14; Joshua 4:12, with חלוּצים in Numbers 32:30, Numbers 32:32; Deuteronomy 3:18, places beyond all doubt; that is to say, not "armed," καθωπλισμένοι (Sym.), but prepared for the march, as contrasted with fleeing in disorder like fugitives. For this reason they were able to fulfil Joseph's request, from which fact Calvin draws the following conclusion: "In the midst of their adversity the people had never lost sight of the promised redemption. For unless the celebrated adjuration of Joseph had been a subject of common conversation among them all, Moses would never have thought of it."

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Pharaoh

Exodus 7:3,4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt...

Deuteronomy 31:21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness...

Psalm 139:2,4 You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off...

Ezekiel 38:10,11,17 Thus said the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into your mind...

Acts 4:28 For to do whatever your hand and your counsel determined before to be done.

they are entangled

Judges 16:2 And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come here. And they compassed him in...

1 Samuel 23:7,23 And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, God has delivered him into my hand; for he is shut in...

Psalm 3:2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

Psalm 71:11 Saying, God has forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

Jeremiah 20:10,11 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting...

Cross References
Exodus 14:2
"Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea.

Exodus 14:4
And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD." And they did so.

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