Exodus 4

Moses Given Powerful Signs

1Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The  Lord did not appear to you.’” 2The  Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, a  “A staff.” 3And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. 4But the  Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand 5“that they may b  believe that the  Lord c  the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” 6Again, the  Lord said to him, “Put your hand inside your cloak.”
Hebrew into your bosom; also verse 7
And he put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was e  leprous
Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
like snow.
7Then God said, “Put your hand back inside your cloak.” So he put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, g  it was restored like the rest of his flesh. 8“If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign. 9If they will not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground, and the water that you shall take from the Nile h  will become blood on the dry ground.”

10But Moses said to the  Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but i  I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11Then the  Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the  Lord? 12Now therefore go, and j  I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” 13But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” 14Then the anger of the  Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, k  he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 l  You shall speak to him and m  put the words in his mouth, and n  I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. 16 o  He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and p  you shall be as God to him. 17And take in your hand q  this staff, with which you shall do the signs.”

Moses Returns to Egypt

18Moses went back to r  Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Please let me go back to my brothers in Egypt to see whether they are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” 19And the  Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for s  all the men who were seeking your life are dead.” 20So Moses took t  his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt. And Moses took u  the staff of God in his hand.

21And the  Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the v  miracles that I have put in your power. But w  I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. 22Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the  Lord, x  Israel is my y  firstborn son, 23and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” If you refuse to let him go, behold, I z  will kill your firstborn son.’”

24At a lodging place on the way aa  the  Lord met him and ab  sought to put him to death. 25Then ac  Zipporah took a ad  flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’
Hebrew his
feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!”
26So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.

27The  Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness af  to meet Moses.” So he went and met him at the ag  mountain of God and kissed him. 28And Moses ah  told Aaron all the words of the  Lord with which he had sent him to speak, and all ai  the signs that he had commanded him to do. 29Then Moses and Aaron aj  went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel. 30 ak  Aaron spoke all the words that the  Lord had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. 31And the people al  believed; and when they heard that the  Lord had am  visited the people of Israel and that he had an  seen their affliction, ao  they bowed their heads and worshiped.

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