The ten plagues of the judgment of God against Egypt, part 10.
“Now, is it necessary,” asked the Reverend J.A. Layman, evangelist with Sterling Ministries, before The Lay School faculty here in Clinton, Tennessee, as he continued his presentation on the ten plagues of the judgment of God against Egypt, “ for us to consider what each of the other fourteen translation/versions in our sbs, vbv, comparison study states concerning this as further evidence to the unwavering truthfulness of the Scriptural account? Or would it suffice to point out that there are 29 Old Testament references in the King James Version which translate the Hebrew words yam suph as the Red Sea, and while most of them refer to the event during the Exodus, two notable ones, in particular, offer some very interesting information as to the true meaning intended by the words yam suph. The first is found in Exodus 23:31 where God is speaking of the bounds of the land of Canaan that He was giving the children of Israel:
31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.
The Red Sea on the southeast of the land of Canaan refers to itself not the ‘reed sea’ as some claim, because in 1 Kings 9:26 (which just happens to be the second notable reference) it is recorded that King Solomon maintained a navy at Eziongeber on the shore of the Red Sea. The location of Eziongeber is known today, a city situated on the northwest shore of the Gulf of Aqaba, which in biblical times was considered a part of the Red Sea. Is there really any serious Bible scholar or student that is going to assert that King Solomon maintained his navy in the reed sea, the sea of reeds? What a set of miracles that would be!
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