Exodus 3

The Burning Bush

1Now Moses was pasturing the flock of a  Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the
Or rear part
west side of the wilderness and came to c  Horeb, the d  mountain of God.
2 e  The angel of the  Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of
Lit the
a g  bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.
3So Moses said
Lit Let me turn
,
i  I must turn aside now and see this
Lit great
marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.”
4When the  Lord saw that he turned aside to look, k  God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5Then He said, “Do not come near here; l  remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6He said also, m  I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” n  Then Moses hid his face, for he was o  afraid to look at God.

7The  Lord said, “I have surely p  seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. 8So I have come down q  to deliver them from the
Lit hand
power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a s  good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of t  the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
9Now, behold, u  the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.

The Mission of Moses

10Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, v  so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11But Moses said to God w  Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” 12And He said, “Certainly x  I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: y  when you have brought the people out of Egypt z  you shall
Or serve
worship God at this mountain.”

13Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 14God said to Moses
Related to the name of God, YHWH, rendered  Lord , which is derived from the verb HAYAH, to be
,
ac  I AM WHO
Related to the name of God, YHWH, rendered  Lord , which is derived from the verb HAYAH, to be
I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘
Related to the name of God, YHWH, rendered  Lord , which is derived from the verb HAYAH, to be
I AM has sent me to you.’”
15God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘ af  The  Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My ag  memorial-name
Lit to generation of generation
to all generations.
16Go and ai  gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘ aj  The  Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying,
Lit Visiting I have visited
,
al  I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt.
17“So am  I said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of an  the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, to a land ao  flowing with milk and honey.”’ 18 ap  “They will
Lit hear your voice
pay heed to what you say; and ar  you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him, ‘The  Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So now, please, let us go a as  three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the  Lord our God.’
19But I know that the king of Egypt at  will not permit you to go, au  except
Lit by a strong hand
under compulsion.
20So I will stretch out aw  My hand and strike Egypt with all My ax  miracles which I shall do in the midst of it; and ay  after that he will let you go. 21I will grant this people az  favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed. 22But every woman ba  shall ask of her neighbor and the woman who lives in her house, articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and daughters. Thus you will bb  plunder the Egyptians.”
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