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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 15:1-21

Having read how that complete victory of Israel over the Egyptians was obtained, here we are told how it was celebrated; those that were to hold their peace while the deliverance was in working (Exod. 14:14) must not hold their peace now that it was wrought; the less they had to do then the more they had to do now. If God accomplishes deliverance by his own immediate power, it redounds so much the more to his glory. Moses, no doubt by divine inspiration, indited this song, and delivered it to... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 15:2

The Lord is my strength and song ,..... The strength of Moses and the children of Israel against the fears of the Egyptians, and of entrance into the Red sea; who inspired them with courage, and strengthened their faith, neither to fear being destroyed by the one, or drowned in the other; and so in the glory of his nature, and of his divine perfections, of his justice, holiness, faithfulness, truth, and goodness, he was the subject matter of their song. As Christ is the strength of his... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 15:2

The Lord is my strength and song - How judiciously are the members of this sentence arranged! He who has God for his strength, will have him for his song; and he to whom Jehovah is become salvation, will exalt his name. Miserably and untunably, in the ears of God, does that man sing praises, who is not saved by the grace of Christ, nor strengthened by the power of his might. It is worthy of observation that the word which we translate Lord here, is not יהוה JEHOVAH in the original, but... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 15:2

Verse 2 2.The Lord is my strength. In this expression they acknowledge that they have a sufficient defense in God; and afterwards they add, that His grace furnishes them with just ground for praise. The sum is, that they were strong in God, and had not conquered their enemies by their own bravery; and that, therefore, it is not lawful to glory save in God alone. But we must observe that the help of God is conjoined with His praise, because this is the end of all His benefits, that we should... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 15:1-2

The sacrifice of praise. I. THE PLACE OF PRAISE . The first provision for God's ransomed is a song. God's hand must be recognised in the mercy, otherwise its blessing is missed. The place bright with God's goodness is meant to be a meeting-place between the soul and himself. II. THE REASONS FOR PRAISE . 1 . The greatness of God's deed. The chariots and the horses had been the reliance of Egypt, and the terror of Israel; and" the horse and his rider" had God cast... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 15:1-18

The song of Moses a pattern thanksgiving. There is nothing in the whole range of sacred or profane literature more fresh, more vigorous, more teeming with devotional thought than this wonderful poem. In rhythm it is grand and sonorous, in construction skilful and varied, in the quality of the thoughts lofty, in the mode of expression at once simple and sublime. Partly historic, partly prophetic, it describes the past with marvellous power, and gives with a few touches a glorious picture of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 15:1-19

Moses' Song. The sublimity of this noble ode is universally admitted. It brings Moses before us in the new character of "poet." Moses does not seem to have devoted himself largely to this species of composition; but the three specimens of his work which remain to us—this ode, his "Song" and "Blessing" in Deuteronomy, and Psalms 90:1-17 .—show him to have possessed a poetical genius of the very highest order; to have been as great as poet, as we know him to have been as warrior, leader,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 15:1-19

The song of triumph-God exalted in the lips of the people. This song we may take as being in some measure the result and expression of the state of feeling mentioned in Exodus 14:31 . People who feared Jehovah and believed in him were very likely, in such a rush of feeling, to sing as did the Israelites here: at the same time we must be careful not to rest content with attributing this song merely to natural causes . There is no need to deny the presence of genius; if only we bear in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 15:1-19

The song of triumph. The sense of Israel ' s obligation to Jehovah fully expressed . God, we have noticed, is lifted up in this song. We now proceed to observe how he is lifted up in the midst of his people, whom he encompasses with his protection, whom he cheers and illuminates with his favour. His destruction is not mere destruction; his supremacy is not only over his enemies, but also as the guide, the comforter, and the portion of his own. Hence we discover almost immediately on... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 15:1-21

1 . Exodus 15:2-5 , "The Lord is my strength," to "They sank into the bottom as a stone." 2 . Exodus 15:6-10 ," Thy right hand, O Lord," to "They sank like lead in the mighty waters." 3 . Exodus 15:11-12 , "Who is like unto Thee, O Lord," to "The earth swallowed them." The first verse stands separate from the whole, as an introduction, and at the same time as the refrain. Moses and a chorus of men commenced their chant with it, and probably proceeded to the end of ... read more

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