Exodus 15 Bible Commentary

The Geneva Study Bible

(Read all of Exodus 15)
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, (Judges 11:34) but it should not be used as a means to justify our wanton dances.

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.

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).

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.

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.