Exodus 4

Moses Given Powers

1Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or a  listen
Lit to my voice
to what I say? For they may say, ‘ c  The  Lord has not appeared to you.’”
2The  Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, d  A staff.” 3Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and e  it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4But the  Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”— so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his
Lit palm
5“that g  they may believe that h  the  Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”

6The  Lord furthermore said to him, “Now put your hand into your bosom.” So he put his hand into his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was i  leprous like snow. 7Then He said, “Put your hand into your bosom again.” So he put his hand into his bosom again, and when he took it out of his bosom, behold j  it was restored like the rest of his flesh. 8If they will not believe you or
Lit listen to
heed the
Lit voice
witness of the first sign, they may believe the
Lit voice
witness of the last sign.
9But if they will not believe even these two signs or heed what you say, then you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground; and the water which you take from the Nile n  will become blood on the dry ground.”

10Then Moses said to the  Lord, “Please, Lord o  I have never been
Lit a man of words
eloquent, neither
Lit yesterday
recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am
Lit heavy
slow of speech and
Lit heavy
slow of tongue.”
11The  Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or t  who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the  Lord? 12Now then go, and u  I, even I, will be with your mouth, and v  teach you what you are to say.” 13But he said, “Please, Lord, now
Lit send by the hand which You send
send the message by whomever You will.”

Aaron to Be Moses’ Mouthpiece

14Then the anger of the  Lord burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that
Lit speaking he speaks
he speaks fluently. And moreover, behold y  he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.
15You are to speak to him and z  put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do. 16“Moreover, aa  he shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him. 17You shall take in your hand ab  this staff, ac  with which you shall perform the signs.”

18Then Moses departed and returned to
Heb Jether
Jethro ae  his father-in-law and said to him, “Please, let me go, that I may return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see if they are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.”
19Now the  Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go
Lit return
back to Egypt, for ag  all the men who were seeking your life are dead.”
20So Moses took his wife and his ah  sons and mounted them on a donkey, and returned to the land of Egypt. Moses also took the ai  staff of God in his hand.

21The  Lord said to Moses, “When you go
Lit to return
back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all ak  the wonders which I have put in your
Lit hand
power; but am  I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.
22Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the  Lord, an  Israel is My son, My firstborn. 23So I said to you, ‘ ao  Let My son go that he may serve Me’; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, ap  I will kill your son, your firstborn.”’”

24Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the  Lord met him and aq  sought to put him to death. 25Then Zipporah took ar  a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and
Lit made it touch at his feet
threw it at Moses’ feet, and she said, “You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me.”
26So He let him alone. At that time she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood”—
Lit with reference to
because of the circumcision.

27 au  Now the  Lord said to Aaron, “Go to meet Moses in the wilderness.” So he went and met him at the av  mountain of God and kissed him. 28 aw  Moses told Aaron all the words of the  Lord with which He had sent him, and ax  all the signs that He had commanded him to do. 29Then Moses and Aaron went and ay  assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel; 30and az  Aaron spoke all the words which the  Lord had spoken to Moses. He then performed the ba  signs in the sight of the people. 31So bb  the people believed; and when they heard that the  Lord
Lit had visited
bd  was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then be  they bowed low and worshiped.
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