MemberApril 30, 2021 at 4:19 am
So, you reckon the soldiers weren’t in a race for their lives, Thomas? That they just ran towards the oncoming wave for the exercise? 😉
Here is the key text with the Strong’s numbers for those who may not have ready access to a reference. I have picked out the key verbs (and one verbal noun) and copied their entries below:
Exo 14:27-28 KJV+ And MosesH4872 stretched forthH5186 (H853) his handH3027 overH5921 the sea,H3220 and the seaH3220 returnedH7725 to his strengthH386 when the morningH1242 appeared;H6437 and the EgyptiansH4714 fledH5127 againstH7125 it; and the LORDH3068 overthrewH5287 (H853) the EgyptiansH4714 in the midstH8432 of the sea.H3220 (28) And the watersH4325 returned,H7725 and coveredH3680 (H853) the chariots,H7393 and the horsemen,H6571 and allH3605 the hostH2428 of PharaohH6547 that cameH935 into the seaH3220 afterH310 them; there remainedH7604 notH3808 so much asH5704 oneH259 of them.
H7725 שׁוּב shûb
A primitive root; to turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point)… Total KJV occurrences: 1058
H5127 נוּס nûs
A primitive root; to flit, that is, vanish away (subside, escape; causatively chase, impel, deliver):…Total KJV occurrences: 160
H7125 קִרְאָה qir’âh
From H7122; an encountering, accidental, friendly or hostile (also adverbially opposite): – X against (he come), help, meet, seek, X to, X in the way. Total KJV occurrences: 99
H7122 קָרָא qârâ’ [see H7125 above]
A primitive root; to encounter, whether accidentally or in a hostile manner: – befall, (by) chance, (cause to) come (upon), fall out, happen, meet.
Total KJV occurrences: 34
H5287 נָעַר nâ‛ar
A primitive root (probably identical with H5286, through the idea of the rustling of mane, which usually accompanies the lion’s roar); to tumble about: – shake (off, out, self), overthrow, toss up and down. Total KJV occurrences: 11
H3680 כָּסָה kâsâh
A primitive root; properly to plump, that is, fill up hollows; by implication to cover (for clothing or secrecy): – clad self, close, clothe, conceal, cover (self), (flee to) hide, overwhelm. Compare H3780 [means “to grow fat”]. Total KJV occurrences: 152
I find the last verb interesting. What has the verb ‘to plump’ or ‘fill up hollows’ got to do with submerging the army in the water? It is just translated “covered” in nearly every Bible version. Well, if we think about a wave that has already broken and is now surging towards bathers in the shallows, the turbulent water ‘fills’ all the spaces between and around them. It ‘plumps’ up around them until they are submerged, and also sweeps them along.