Exodus 4 ©
Moses' rod is turned into a serpent: his hand is leprous: he is unwilling to be sent; Aaron is appointed to assist him. Moses departeth from Jethro. God's message to Pharaoh. Zipporah circumciseth her son. Aaron is sent to meet Moses. They go to the Israelites, and the people believe them.
And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A brod.
And he said, Cast it on the ground. And che cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river 1shall become jblood upon the dry land.
¶And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not 2eloquent, neither *heretofore, nor 3since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but kI am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
And the oanger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can pspeak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
¶And Moses went and returned to 5Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, wLet me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, xGo in peace.
And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine bhand: but I will charden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
Then Zipporah took a 6sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and 7cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and odid the signs in the sight of the people.
And the people pbelieved: and when they heard that the LORD had qvisited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they rbowed their heads and worshipped.