313. "The enemy said, 'I will purse, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil'" (Shemot 15:9). The enemy is the great minister appointed over Egypt. When he was given dominion over Yisrael, he intended to destroy them under his domination, but the Holy One, blessed be He, remembered the mountains of the world, THE PATRIARCHS, who protected them. Do not think that he alone WANTED TO DESTROY THEM, because all the ministers who were appointed over all the heathen nations desired to destroy Yisrael under them when they were granted authority and dominion over Yisrael.
314. Therefore, these nations that are under the domination of these appointees all declare decrees to destroy Yisrael. But the Holy One, blessed be He, remembers the mountains of the world, WHICH ARE THE PATRIARCHS, and He protects them. When Moses saw this, he started to praise the Holy One, blessed be He, and said, "Who is like You among the mighty, Hashem."