MemberMay 1, 2021 at 11:46 pm
So yes they were afraid of the water but ran towards it nonetheless because they had to. Now, if there were two vertical walls of water some 100s of metres deep suddenly collapsing on the army, 1. there would be little warning, 2. there would be nowhere to run because it would collapse at once along the full length of the ‘corridor’, and 3. they wouldn’t be running to ‘meet’ the water because there is water on both sides. So the phrase:
וּמִצְרַיִם נָסִים לִקְרָאתוֹ וַיְנַעֵר יְהוָה אֶת־מִצְרַיִם בְּתוֹךְ הַיָּם
lit. “and [the] Egyptians fled to meet it and YHWH tossed [the] Egyptians into [the midst of] the sea” (NIV)
is a strong indication that the water was coming from one direction, and swept them into the Bitter Lake, the ‘deep’ of Moses’ song in Ex 15:5, 8. And it kept coming because so much water had been displaced overnight, so the soldiers and horses could not regain the shore.