Exodus 14:15
New International Version
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.

New Living Translation
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!

English Standard Version
The LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.

Berean Study Bible
The LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to go forward.

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.

King James Bible
And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

Christian Standard Bible
The LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to break camp.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD said to Moses, "Why do you keep calling out to me for help? Tell the Israelites to move forward.

Good News Translation
The LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out for help? Tell the people to move forward.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to break camp.

International Standard Version
Then the LORD told Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelis to move out!

NET Bible
The LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry to me? Speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to start moving.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Wherefore criest thou unto Me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.

New American Standard 1977
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the LORD said unto Moses, Why criest thou unto me? Speak unto the sons of Israel that they go forward:

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD said unto Moses, Why do you cry unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

American King James Version
And the LORD said to Moses, Why cry you to me? speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward:

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and the Lord said to Moses, Why criest thou to me? speak to the children of Israel, and let them proceed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said to Moses: Why criest thou to me? Speak to the children of Israel to go forward.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said to Moses, Why dost thou cry unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.

English Revised Version
And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD said to Moses, Why criest thou to me? Speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward:

World English Bible
Yahweh said to Moses, "Why do you cry to me? Speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith unto Moses, 'What? thou criest unto Me -- speak unto the sons of Israel, and they journey;
Study Bible
Parting the Red Sea
15The LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. 16And as for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.…
Cross References
Exodus 14:14
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."

Exodus 14:16
And as for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.

2 Kings 17:7
All this happened because the people of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They had worshiped other gods,

2 Kings 17:36
Instead, worship the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt with great power and an outstretched arm. You are to bow down to Him and offer sacrifices to Him.

Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD said to Moses, Why cry you to me? speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward:

Exodus 17:4
And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.

Joshua 7:10
And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?

Ezra 10:4,5
Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it







Lexicon
The LORD
יְהוָה֙ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

said
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

Moses,
מֹשֶׁ֔ה (mō·šeh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4872: Moses -- a great Israelite leader, prophet and lawgiver

“Why
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

are you crying out
תִּצְעַ֖ק (tiṣ·‘aq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6817: To shriek, to proclaim

to Me?
אֵלָ֑י (’ê·lāy)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

Tell
דַּבֵּ֥ר (dab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

the Israelites
בְּנֵי־ (bə·nê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

to go forward.
וְיִסָּֽעוּ׃ (wə·yis·sā·‘ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5265: To pull up, the tent-pins, start on a, journey
(15-18) Wherefore criest thou unto me?--Like the people (Exodus 14:10), Moses had cried to Jehovah, though he tells us of his cry only thus indirectly. God made answer that it was not a time to cry, but to act: "Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward," &c. The Israelites were to strike their tents at once, and prepare for a forward movement. Moses was to descend to the edge of the sea, with his rod in his hand, and to stretch it out over the sea, and then await the consequences, which would be a "division" of the waters--the sea-bed would for a certain space become dry, and Israel would be able to cross to the other side (Exodus 14:16); the Egyptians would follow, and then destruction would come upon them, and God would "get himself honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host" (Exodus 14:17-18). The exact mode of the destruction was not announced.

Verses 15-18. - GOD'S ANSWER TO MOSES' PRAYER. To the faithful prayer of Moses, albeit pitched perhaps in too low a key, God made gracious answer. A "cry" had been unnecessary, since his word was already pledged to bring his people safe to Canaan, and to get himself honour upon Pharaoh in connection with the pursuit (ver. 4). But, as the appeal has been made, he responds with a plain statement of what has now to be done: -

1. The Israelites are to make themselves ready for a forward movement (ver. 15);

2. Moses is to stretch oat his rod over the Red Sea, and it will be divided;

3. The Israelites are then to make the passage on dry ground;

4. The Egyptians are to follow, and then honour is to be gotten upon them; and they are to know by the result that God is indeed Jehovah. Verses 15, 16. - Wherefore criest thou to me? It is evident that Moses, while boldly encouraging the people, himself needed the support and consolation of prayer. The Syriac translator shows us that he divined the fact aright, when he without authority intruded the words, "Moses then cried to Jehovah." The form of the Divine reply to his prayer seems to indicate a certain amount of reproach, as if Moses himself had become unduly anxious. Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward. The Israelites were not to rest in their encampment, but to form in line of march, and descend to the very shore of the sea, and there hold themselves in readiness. Moses was to lift up his rod - the rod with which his other miracles had been wrought - and stretch out his hand over the sea, and then the drying up was to begin. Thus was most of the night passed. 14:15-20 Moses' silent prayers of faith prevailed more with God than Israel's loud outcries of fear. The pillar of cloud and fire came behind them, where they needed a guard, and it was a wall between them and their enemies. The word and providence of God have a black and dark side toward sin and sinners, but a bright and pleasant side toward the people of the Lord. He, who divided between light and darkness, Ge 1:4, allotted darkness to the Egyptians, and light to the Israelites. Such a difference there will be between the inheritance of the saints in light, and that utter darkness which will be the portion of hypocrites for ever.
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