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Exodus 13:17 Now it came about when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, "Lest the people change their minds when they see war, and they return to Egypt."

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      Ex 13:17-21. JOURNEY FROM EGYPT.

      17. God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near, &c.--The shortest and most direct route from Egypt to Palestine was the usual caravan road that leads by Belbeis, El-Arish, to Ascalon and Gaza. The Philistines, who then possessed the latter, would have been sure to dispute their passage, for between them and the Israelites there was a hereditary feud (1Ch 7:21, 22); and so early a commencement of hostilities would have discouraged or dismayed the unwarlike band which Moses led. Their faith was to be exercised and strengthened, and from the commencement of their travels we observe the same careful proportion of burdens and trials to their character and state, as the gracious Lord shows to His people still in that spiritual journey of which the former was typical.


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Where in Scripture does it mention The territory of the Philistines?

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Brief Summary: The first-born of man and of the beasts are to be sanctified unto the Lord, the feast of unleavened bread is to be kept in the land of Canaan, Moses takes Joseph's bones out of Egypt, the Lord appears to Israel in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

1 The firstborn are to be sanctified to God
3 The memorial of the Passover is commanded
11 The firstlings of beasts are to be set apart
17 The Israelites go out of Egypt, and carry Joseph's bones with them
20 They come to Etham
21 God guides them by a pillar of a cloud, and a pillar of fire.

Painting of Ancient Egypt Pyramids and Sphinx by Roberts
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Important Topics for Bible Study
Verse- Topic
1-2- God Commands All Firstborn Of Man And Beast To Be Consecrated
3- The Children Of Israel Are To Remember The Day They Went Forth Out Of Egypt
5-10- The Feast Of Unleavened Bread Is To Be Observed In The Land Of Canaan
12- The Firstborn Of The Beasts Are To Be Set Apart For The Lord
15- The Purpose For Setting Apart The Beasts For The Lord
18- The Way God Led Them Into The Wilderness
19- Moses Carries Joseph's Bones Out Of Egypt To Be Buried In The Land Of Canaan
20- Israel Encamps At Etham
21-22- The Lord Appears And Leads Them By A Pillar Of Cloud By Day And A Pillar Of Fire By Night

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