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Exodus 14:3

    Exodus 14:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness has shut them in.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are wandering without direction, they are shut in by the waste land.

    Webster's Revision

    And Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.

    World English Bible

    Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, 'They are entangled in the land. The wilderness has shut them in.'

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 14:3

    They are entangled in the land - God himself brought them into straits from which no human power or art could extricate them. Consider their situation when once brought out of the open country, where alone they had room either to fight or fly. Now they had the Red Sea before them, Pharaoh and his host behind them, and on their right and left hand fortresses of the Egyptians to prevent their escape; nor had they one boat or transport prepared for their passage! If they be now saved, the arm of the Lord must be seen, and the vanity and nullity of the Egyptian idols be demonstrated. By bringing them into such a situation he took from them all hope of human help, and gave their adversaries every advantage against them, so that they themselves said, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 14:3

    They are entangled ... - The original intention of Moses was to go toward Palestine by the wilderness: when that purpose was changed by God's direction and they moved southwards, Pharaoh, on receiving information, was of course aware that they were completely shut in, since the waters of the Red Sea then extended to the Bitter Lakes. It is known that the Red Sea at some remote period extended considerably further toward the north than it does at present. In the time of Moses the water north of Kolsum joined the Bitter Lakes, though at present the constant accumulation of sand has covered the intervening space to the extent of 8000 to 10,000 yards.

    Wesley's Notes on Exodus 14:3

    14:3 They are entangled - Inclosed with mountains, and garrisons, and deserts.