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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 19

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1But the wicked, merciless wrath assailed until the end. For he* knew beforehand what they were yet to do: f Ex 14, 4 . 2That though they themselves had agreed to the departure and had anxiously sent them* on their way, they would regret it and pursue them. g Ex 12, 33; 14, 5. 8 . 3For while they* were still engaged in funeral rites and were mourning at the burials of the dead, They adopted another senseless plan; and those whom they had sent away with entreaty, they pursued as fugitives. h Wis 18, 10. 12; Ex 12, 30ff . 4For a compulsion suited to this ending drew them on, and made them forgetful of what had befallen them, That they might fill out the torments of their punishment, 5and your people might experience a glorious* journey while those others met an extraordinary death. 6For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew, serving its natural laws, that your children might be preserved unharmed. i Wis 5, 17; 16, 24 . 7The cloud overshadowed their camp; and out of what had before been water, dry land was seen emerging: Out of the Red Sea an unimpeded road, and a grassy plain out of the mighty flood. j Ex 14, 21–29 . 8Over this crossed the whole nation sheltered by your hand, after they beheld stupendous wonders. 9For they ranged about like horses, and bounded about like lambs, praising you, O Lord! their deliverer. k Wis 10, 20; 16, 8; Ex 15, 1–18; Ps 114, 4–6 . 10For they were still mindful of what had happened in their sojourn: how instead of the young of animals the land brought forth gnats, and instead of fishes the river swarmed with countless frogs. l Ex 7, 27ff; 8, 12–15; Ps 105, 30f . 11And later they saw also a new kind of bird m 11f: Wis 16, 2; Ps 78, 18 . when, prompted by desire, they asked for pleasant foods; 12For to appease them quail came to them from the sea. 13And the punishments came upon the sinners only after forewarnings from the violence of the thunderbolts. For they justly suffered for their own misdeeds, since indeed they treated their guests with the more grievous* hatred. n 2 Mc 7, 18. 32 . 14For those others did not receive unfamiliar visitors, o 14f: Gn 15, 13; Ex 2, 22 . but these were enslaving beneficent guests. 15And not that only; but what punishment was to be theirs* since they received strangers unwillingly! 16Yet these, after welcoming them with festivities, oppressed with awful toils those who now shared with them the same rights. p Gn 45, 17–20; 47, 4ff; Ex 1, 11 . 17And they were struck with blindness, as those others had been at the portals of the just— When, surrounded by yawning darkness, each sought the entrance of his own gate. q Wis 17, 2; Gn 19, 11 . 18For the elements, in variable harmony among themselves, like strings of the harp, produce new melody, while the flow of music steadily persists. And this can be perceived exactly from a review of what took place. 19For land creatures were changed into water creatures, and those that swam went over on to the land. 20Fire in water maintained its own strength, r 20f: Wis 16, 17ff. 22f. 27 . and water forgot its quenching nature; 21Flames, by contrast, neither consumed the flesh of the perishable animals that went about in them, nor melted the icelike, quick‐melting kind of ambrosial food. 22For every way, O LORD! you magnified and glorified your people; unfailing, you stood by them in every time and circumstance. s Wis 18, 8; Lv 26, 44; Ps 126, 3 .

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