EXODUS 14:14

“The Lord will fight for you”



In this verse, Moses encourages the Israelites to be brave escaping for freedom from their multi-generational bondage in Egypt. In the previous verse he tells them “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”

Moses is reminding the Israelites, and us today, that God is fighting for us. So we can be at peace. One of the most searched versions of this verse is: “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still” (NIV). Other versions use the verbs be ‘clam’, ‘silent’ and ‘quiet’. Whatever the translation, the point is that there is no need to be afraid. God is in control. We only need to have faith in God, trusting that He will fight for us to the very end. Then we may have the inner peace necessary to live well in an ever-changing world.

For a verse similar to this, see Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God”.

To get what Exodus 14:14 means in detail, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity.

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“The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

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Exodus 14:14 Translation & Meaning

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The Lord יְהוָ֖ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
shall fight יִלָּחֵ֣ם To feed on; by implication, to battle (as destruction) fight
for you, and ye וְאַתֶּ֖ם Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you for you and ye
shall hold your peace. תַּֽחֲרִשֽׁוּן׃ To scratch, i.e., (by implication) to engrave, plough; hence (from the use of tools) to fabricate (of any material); figuratively, to devise (in a bad sense); hence (from the idea of secrecy) to be silent, to let alone; hence (by implication) to be deaf (as an accompaniment of dumbness) hold peace

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  • 12  Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

  • 13  And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

  • 14  The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

  • 15  And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

  • 16  But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.


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