Exodus

Exodus 4 ©

1Moses' rod is turned into a serpent: 6his hand is leprous: 10he is unwilling to be sent; Aaron is appointed to assist him. 18Moses departeth from Jethro. 21God's message to Pharaoh. 24Zipporah circumciseth her son. 27Aaron is sent to meet Moses. 29They go to the Israelites, and the people believe them.

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AND Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not abelieve me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.

2

And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A brod.

b Ge. 30.37. v.20.
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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.

c v.17. ch. 7.15.
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And the LORD said unto Moses, dPut forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

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That ethey may believe that fthe LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

f ch. 3.6.
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¶And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was gleprous as snow.

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And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was hturned again as his other flesh.

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And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to ithe voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

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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.

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¶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.

k Je. 1.6.
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And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? lhave not I the LORD?

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Now therefore go, and mI will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

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And he said, O my Lord, nsend, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou 4wilt send.

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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.

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And thou shalt qspeak unto him, and rput words in his mouth: and I will be with sthy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.

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And he shall be thy tspokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him uinstead of God.

t ch. 7.1,2. v.28,30.
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And thou shalt take this vrod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.

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¶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.

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And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, yGo, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.

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And Moses ztook his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the arod of God in his hand.

a v.17. ch. 17.9. Nu. 20.8,9.
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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.

b ch. 7-14.
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And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, dThus saith the LORD, Israel is emy son, even my firstborn:

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And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will fslay thy son, even thy firstborn.

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¶And it came to pass by the way gin the inn, that the LORD hmet him, and sought to kill him.

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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.

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So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

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¶And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness ito meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the jmount of God, and kkissed him.

i v.14.
j ch. 3.1; 18.5. 1Ki. 19.8. ch. 19.3; 20.18; 24.17.
28

And Moses ltold Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the msigns which he had commanded him.

m v.3-9.
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¶And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the nelders of the children of Israel:

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And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and odid the signs in the sight of the people.

o v.2-9.
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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.

q ch. 3.7; 2.23-25. Is. 63.7. ch. 3.16.
r Ge. 24.26; 47.31. 2Ch. 20.18. ch. 12.27.