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Exodus 14:15-16

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14:15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 1  14:16 And as for you, 2  lift up your staff and extend your hand toward the sea and divide it, so that 3  the Israelites may go through the middle of the sea on dry ground.

1 tn The text literally says, “speak to the Israelites that they may journey.” The intent of the line, using the imperative with the subordinate jussive or imperfect expressing purpose is that the speaking is the command to move.

2 tn The conjunction plus pronoun (“and you”) is emphatic – “and as for you” – before the imperative “lift up.” In contrast, v. 17 begins with “and as for me, I….”

3 tn The imperfect (or jussive) with the vav (ו) is sequential, coming after the series of imperatives instructing Moses to divide the sea; the form then gives the purpose (or result) of the activity – “that they may go.”



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