YHVH hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt,
and he pursued the Children of Israel.
As the Children of Israel were departing boldly,
the Egyptians pursued them and overtook them encamped by the
all the chariot horses of Pharaoh, his horsemen, and his warriors—
near Pi ha-Ḥirot, before Ba'al Ẓefon.
Pharaoh drew near.
The Children of Israel lifted their eyes—
and there was Egypt advancing upon them!
They were very frightened;
the Children of Israel cried out to YHVH.
"Pharaoh drew near."
Rabbi Yose said
"It has been said that he brought Israel
to the point of turning back to God.
'Pharaoh drew [them] near!'
It is written:
'YHVH! In distress they sought You,
pouring out a whispered prayer ...'
'In distress they sought You'
Israel does not seek the Blessed Holy One when they are
only when they are in trouble.
Then all of them remember Him and seek Him.
'Pouring out a whispered prayer'
They all pray their prayers and pleadings.
They pour out prayers to Him.