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Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

Exodus 15

Verse 1

15:1 Then {a} sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

(a) Praising God for the overthrow of his enemies, and their deliverance.

Verse 2

15:2 The LORD [is] my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he [is] my God, and I will {b} prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

(b) To worship him in it.

Verse 3

15:3 The LORD [is] a {c} man of war: the LORD [is] his {d} name.

(c) In battle he always overcomes.

(d) Always constant in his promises.

Verse 7

15:7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against {e} thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, [which] consumed them as stubble.

(e) Those who are enemies to God’s people are his enemies.

Verse 11

15:11 Who [is] like unto thee, O LORD, among the {f} gods? who [is] like thee, glorious in holiness, {g} fearful [in] praises, doing wonders?

(f) The scripture often so calls the mighty men of the world.

(g) Who ought to be praised with all fear and reverence.

Verse 13

15:13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people [which] thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided [them] in thy strength unto thy holy {h} habitation.

(h) That is, into the land of Canaan, or into mount Zion.

Verse 17

15:17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine {i} inheritance, [in] the place, O LORD, [which] thou hast made for thee to dwell in, [in] the Sanctuary, O Lord, [which] thy hands have established.

(i) Which was mount Zion, where later the temple was built.

Verse 20

15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with {k} dances.

(k) Signifying their great joy: a custom the Jews observed in certain situations, Jud 11:34 but it should not be used as a means to justify our wanton dances.

Verse 21

15:21 And Miriam {l} answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

(l) By singing the same song of thanksgiving.

Verse 22

15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of {m} Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.

(m) Which was called Etham, Numbers 33:8.

Verse 25

15:25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, [which] when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there {n} he proved them,

(n) That is, God, or Moses in God’s name.

Verse 26

15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is {o} right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I [am] the LORD that healeth thee.

(o) Which is, to do only what God commanded.

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Bibliographical Information
Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Exodus 15". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gsb/exodus-15.html. 1599-1645.