Exodus 4

CHAPTER 4

The Rod of Moses

[3answered 1And 2Moses] and said, If then they should not believe me, nor listen to my voice, for they shall say that [2did not 3appear 4to you 1God], what shall I say to them? [3said 1And 4to him 2the  lord], What is this the thing in your hand? And he said, A rod. And he said to him, Toss it upon the ground! And he tossed it upon the ground, and it became a serpent. And Moses fled from it. And the  lord said to Moses, Stretch out the hand, and take hold of the tail! Stretching out then the hand, he took hold of the tail, and it became a rod in his hand -- that they might trust you that there appeared to you the  lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. [3said 1And 4to him 2the  lord] again, Insert your hand into your bosom! And he inserted his hand into his bosom. And he brought it from out of his bosom, and [2was 1his hand] leprous as snow. And [2said 3again 4to him 1the  lord], Insert your hand into your bosom! And he inserted the hand into his bosom. And he brought it out of his bosom, and again it was restored unto the complexion of his flesh. And if they do not believe you, nor hearken to the voice of the [2sign 1first], they will believe you by the voice of the [2sign 1second]. And it will be if they do not believe you in [2two 3signs 1these], nor hearken to your voice, you shall take from the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land. And [8will be 3water 1which 2ever 4you should take 5from 6the 7river] blood upon the dry land. 10 [3said 1And 2Moses] to the  lord, I beseech, O  lord, [2not 3fit 1I am] before yesterday nor before the third day, nor from which time you began to speak to your attendant, [3weak voiced 4and 5slow of tongue 1for I 2am]. 11 [3said 1And 2the  lord] to Moses, Who gave [2a mouth 1man], and who made the hard of hearing and mute, the seeing, and blind? Was it not I the  lord God?

Aaron Speaks for Moses

12 And now go! And I will open your mouth, and I will instruct you what you will be about to speak. 13 And Moses said, I beseech, O  lord, to handpick another one able whom you shall send. 14 And [2being enraged 3in anger 1the  lord] over Moses, said, Behold, is not Aaron your brother, the Levite? I know that speaking, he will speak to you. And behold, he will come forth to meet you; and seeing you, he will rejoice in himself. 15 And you will say to him, and you will put my words into his mouth. And I will open your mouth and his mouth, and I will instruct you what you shall do. 16 And he shall speak the things to the people, and he will be your mouth. But you will be to him the things for God. 17 And this rod, the one turning into a serpent, you shall take in your hand in which you will do by it the signs.

Moses Returns to Egypt

18 [3went 1And 2Moses], and he returned to Jethro his father-in-law. And he says, I will go, and return to my brethren, the ones in Egypt, and I will see if they still live. And Jethro said to Moses, Proceed, be in health! But after [2days 1those many] [4came to an end 1the 2king 3of Egypt]. 19 [3said 1And 2the  lord] to Moses in the land of Midian, Proceed, go forth into Egypt! For have died all the ones seeking your life. 20 [3took up 1And 2Moses] his wife and the male children, and he hauled them upon the beasts of burden, and turned to Egypt. [3took 1And 2Moses] the rod, the one by God in his hand. 21 [3said 1And 2the  lord] to Moses, In your going and returning unto Egypt, discover all the miracles which I have put in your hand, to do them before Pharaoh. But I will harden his heart, and no way shall he send out the people. 22 But you will say to Pharaoh, Thus says the  lord -- son of my first-born, Israel. 23 And I said to you, Send my people! that they should serve me. If indeed then you should not be willing to send them, see then! I will kill your son, the first-born! 24 And it came to pass during the journey in the lodging, [3met 4him 1an angel 2of the  lord], and sought to kill him. 25 And Zipporah, taking a small sharp stone, circumcised the foreskin of her son. And she fell at his feet, and said, [6is stopped 1The 2blood 3of the 4circumcision 5of my male child]. 26 And [3went forth 4from 5him 1the 2angel], for she said, [6is stopped 1The 2blood 3of the 4circumcision 5of my male child]. 27 [3said 1And 2the  lord] to Aaron, Go to meet with Moses in the wilderness! And he went, and he met with him in the mountain of God, and they kissed one another. 28 And Moses announced to Aaron all the words of the  lord which he sent to him, and all the signs which he gave charge to him. 29 [5went 1And 2Moses 3and 4Aaron], and brought together the council of elders of the sons of Israel. 30 And Aaron spoke all the words which God spoke to Moses. And he did the signs before the people. 31 And [3believed 1the 2people], and rejoiced that God visited the sons of Israel, and that he saw their affliction. And bowing, the people did obeisance.
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