New American Standard Bible
Who led them through the depths? Like the horse in the wilderness, they did not stumble;
King James Bible
That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?
Darby Bible Translation
who led them through the depths, like a horse in the wilderness, and they stumbled not?
World English Bible
who led them through the depths, as a horse in the wilderness, so that they didn't stumble?
Young's Literal Translation
Leading them through the depths, As a horse in a plain they stumble not.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
That led them through the deep - They went through the deep on dry land - the waters having divided and left an unobstructed path.
As an horse in the wilderness - As an horse, or a courser, goes through a desert without stumbling. This is a most beautiful image. The reference is to vast level plains like those in Arabia, where there are no stones, no trees, no gullies, no obstacles, and where a fleet courser bounds over the plain without any danger of stumbling. So the Israelites were led on their way without falling. All obstacles were removed, and they were led along as if over a vast smooth plain. Our word 'wilderness,' by no means expresses the idea here. We apply it to uncultivated regions that are covered with trees, and where there would be numerous obstacles to such a race-horse. But the Hebrew word (מדבר midbâr) rather refers to "a desert, a waste" - a place of level sands or plains where there was nothing to obstruct the fleet courser that should prance over them. Such is probably the meaning of this passage, but Harmer (Obs. i. 161ff) may be consulted for another view, which may possibly be the correct one.
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'Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone.'--ISAIAH lxiii. 2, 3. The structure of these closing chapters is chronological, and this is the final scene. What follows is epilogue. The reference of this magnificent imagery to the sufferings of Jesus is a complete misapprehension. These sufferings were dealt with once for all in chapter liii., and it is Messiah triumphant who has filled the prophet's vision since …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Exposition of Chap. Iii. (ii. 28-32. )
"Behold Your God!"
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.
Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble.
Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble.
"With weeping they will come, And by supplication I will lead them; I will make them walk by streams of waters, On a straight path in which they will not stumble; For I am a father to Israel, And Ephraim is My firstborn."
"I will not let you hear insults from the nations anymore, nor will you bear disgrace from the peoples any longer, nor will you cause your nation to stumble any longer," declares the Lord GOD.'"
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