NASB — Exodus 4 — KJV

Moses Given Powers

1 Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or alisten Ito what I say? For they may say, ‘bThe LORD has not appeared to you.’” 2 The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “aA staff.” 3 Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and ait became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4 But 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 Ihand5 “that athey may believe that bthe LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”

[1] ILit to my voice aEx 3:18; 6:30 bEx 3:15, 16
[2] aEx 4:17, 20
[3] aEx 7:10-12
[4] ILit palm
[5] aEx 4:31; 19:9 bGn 28:13; 48:15; Ex 3:6, 15

6 ¶ The 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 aleprous like snow. 7 Then 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, ait was restored like [the rest of] his flesh. 8 “If they will not believe you or Iheed the IIwitness of the first sign, they may believe the IIwitness of the last sign. 9 But 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 awill become blood on the dry ground.”

[6] aNu 12:10; 2K 5:27
[7] aNu 12:13-15; Dt 32:39; 2K 5:14; Mt 8:3; Lk 17:12-14
[8] ILit listen to IILit voice
[9] aEx 7:19, 20

10 ¶ Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, aI have never been Ieloquent, neither IIrecently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am IIIslow of speech and IIIslow of tongue.” 11 The LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or awho makes [him] mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now then go, and aI, even I, will be with your mouth, and bteach you what you are to say.” 13 But he said, “Please, Lord, now Isend [the message] by whomever You will.”

[10] ILit a man of words IILit yesterday IIILit heavy aEx 3:11; 4:1; 6:12; Jr 1:6
[11] aPs 94:9; 146:8; Mt 11:5; Lk 1:20, 64
[12] aEx 4:15, 16; Dt 18:18; Is 50:4; Jr 1:9 bMt 10:19, 20; Mk 13:11; Lk 12:11, 12; 21:14, 15
[13] ILit send by the hand which You send

Aaron to Be Moses’ Mouthpiece

14 Then the anger of the LORD burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that Ihe speaks fluently. And moreover, behold, ahe is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 You are to speak to him and aput 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, ahe shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him. 17 You shall take in your hand athis staff, bwith which you shall perform the signs.”

[14] ILit speaking he speaks aEx 4:27
[15] aEx 4:12, 30; 7:1f; Nu 23:5, 12, 16; Dt 18:18; Is 51:16; 59:21; Jr 1:9
[16] aEx 7:1, 2
[17] aEx 4:2, 20; 17:9 bEx 7:9-20; 14:16

18 ¶ Then Moses departed and returned to IJethro ahis 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.” 19 Now the LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go Iback to Egypt, for aall the men who were seeking your life are dead.” 20 So Moses took his wife and his asons and mounted them on a donkey, and returned to the land of Egypt. Moses also took the bstaff of God in his hand.

[18] IHeb Jether aEx 2:21; 3:1
[19] ILit return aEx 2:15, 23
[20] aEx 18:3, 4; Ac 7:29 bEx 4:17; 17:9; Nu 20:8, 9, 11

21 ¶ The LORD said to Moses, “When you go Iback to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all athe wonders which I have put in your IIpower; but bI will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. 22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, “aIsrael is My son, My firstborn. 23 So I said to you, ‘aLet My son go that he may serve Me’; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, bI will kill your son, your firstborn.”’”

[21] ILit to return IILit hand aEx 3:20; 11:9, 10 bEx 7:3, 13; 9:12, 35; 10:1, 20, 27; 14:4, 8; Dt 2:30; Jsh 11:20; 1S 6:6; Is 63:17; Jn 12:40; Ro 9:18
[22] aIs 63:16; 64:8; Jr 31:9; Ho 11:1; Ro 9:4
[23] aEx 5:1; 6:11; 7:16 bEx 11:5; 12:29; Ps 105:36; 135:8; 136:10

24 ¶ Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the LORD met him and asought to put him to death. 25 Then Zipporah took aa flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and Ithrew it at Moses’ feet, and she said, “You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me.” 26 So He let him alone. At that time she said, “[You are] a bridegroom of blood”—Ibecause of the circumcision.

[24] aNu 22:22
[25] ILit made it touch at his feet aGn 17:14; Jsh 5:2, 3
[26] ILit with reference to

27aNow the LORD said to Aaron, “Go to meet Moses in the wilderness.” So he went and met him at the bmountain of God and kissed him. 28 aMoses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which He had sent him, and ball the signs that He had commanded him [to do]. 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and aassembled all the elders of the sons of Israel; 30 and aAaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses. He then performed the bsigns in the sight of the people. 31 So athe people believed; and when they heard that the LORD Ibwas concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then cthey bowed low and worshiped.

[27] aEx 4:14 bEx 3:1; 18:5; 24:13
[28] aEx 4:15f bEx 4:8f
[29] aEx 3:16
[30] aEx 4:15, 16 bEx 4:1-9
[31] ILit had visited aEx 3:18; 4:8f; 19:9 bGn 50:24; Ex 3:16 cGn 24:26; Ex 12:27; 1Ch 29:20


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Moses' rod is turned into a serpent.

1 ¶ And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe 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 rod. 3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. 4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put 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: 5 That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

[1] Ex 2:14; 3:18; 4:31; Jr 1:6; Ezk 3:14; Ac 7:25.
[2] Gn 30:37; Ex 4:17, 20; Lv 27:32; Ps 110:2; Is 11:4; Mi 7:14.
[3] Ex 4:17; 7:10; Am 5:19.
[4] Gn 22:1; Ps 91:13; Mk 16:18; Lk 10:19; Jn 2:5; Ac 28:3.
[5] Gn 12:7; 17:1; 18:1; 26:2; 48:3; Ex 3:15, 18; 4:1, 31; 19:9; 2Ch 20:20; Is 7:9; Jr 31:3; Jn 5:36; 11:15, 42; 20:27, 31; Ac 7:2.

His hand is leprous.

6 ¶ 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] leprous as snow. 7 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 turned again as his [other] flesh. 8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. 9 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 shall become blood upon the dry [land].

[6] Nu 12:10; 2K 5:27.
[7] Nu 12:13; Dt 32:39; 2K 5:14; Mt 8:3.
[8] Ex 4:30; Dt 32:39; 2K 5:7; Jb 5:18; Is 28:10; Jn 12:37.
[9] Ex 1:22; 7:19; Mt 7:2.

He is loath to be sent.

10 ¶ And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I [am] not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I [am] slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. 11 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? have not I the LORD? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. 13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand [of him whom] thou wilt send.

[10] Ex 4:1; 6:12; Jb 12:2; Jr 1:6; Ac 7:22; 1Co 2:1; 2Co 10:10; 11:6.
[11] Gn 18:14; Ps 51:15; 94:9; 146:8; Is 6:7; 35:5; 42:7; Jr 1:6, 9; Ezk 3:26; 33:22; Am 3:6.
[12] Ps 25:4; 32:9; 143:10; Is 49:2; 50:4; Jr 1:9; Mt 10:19; Mk 13:11; Lk 11:1; 12:11; 21:14; Jn 14:26; Ep 6:19.
[13] Gn 24:7; 48:16; Ex 4:1; 23:20; Jg 2:1; 1K 19:4; Jr 1:6; 20:9; Ezk 3:14; Jna 1:3, 6; Mt 13:41; Jn 6:29.

Aaron is appointed to assist him.

14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, [Is] not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. 15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. 16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, [even] he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God. 17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.

[14] Ex 4:17; 1S 10:1; 2S 6:7; 1K 11:9; 1Ch 21:7; Mk 14:13; Lk 9:59; Ac 15:28; 2Co 2:13; 7:6; Php 2:21; 1Th 3:6.
[15] Ex 7:1; Nu 22:38; 23:5, 12, 16; Dt 5:31; 18:18; 2S 14:3; Is 51:16; 59:21; Jr 1:9; Mt 28:20; Lk 21:15; 1Co 11:23; 15:1.
[16] Ex 7:1; 18:19; Ps 82:6; Jn 10:34.
[17] Ex 4:2; 7:9, 19; 1Co 1:27.

Moses departeth from Jethro.

18 ¶ And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let 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, Go in peace. 19 And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life. 20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

[18] Gn 45:3; Ex 3:1; 1S 1:17; Lk 7:50; Ac 15:36; 16:36; 1Ti 6:1.
[19] Ex 2:15, 23; Mt 2:20.
[20] Ex 4:2, 17; 17:9; Nu 20:8.

God's message to Pharaoh.

21 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 hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. 22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel [is] my son, [even] my firstborn: 23 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 slay thy son, [even] thy firstborn.

[21] Gn 6:3; Ex 3:20; 7:3, 13; 9:12, 35; 10:1, 20; 14:8; Dt 2:30, 36; Jsh 11:20; 1K 22:22; Ps 105:25; Is 6:10; 63:17; Jn 12:40; Ro 1:28; 9:18; 11:8; 2Co 2:16; 2Th 2:10; 1P 2:8.
[22] Ex 19:5; Dt 14:1; Jr 31:9; Ho 11:1; Ro 9:4; 2Co 6:18; He 12:23; Jm 1:18.
[23] Ex 11:5; 12:29; Ps 78:51; 105:36; 135:8.

Zipporah circumciseth her son.

24 ¶ And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. 25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast [it] at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband [art] thou to me. 26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband [thou art], because of the circumcision.

[24] Gn 17:14; 42:27; Ex 3:18; Lv 10:3; Nu 22:22; 1K 13:24; 1Ch 21:16; Ho 13:8.
[25] Jsh 5:2; 2S 16:7.

Aaron is sent to meet Moses.

27 ¶ And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him. 28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.

[27] Gn 29:11; Ex 3:1; 4:14; 19:3; 20:18; 24:15; 1K 19:8; Ec 4:9; Ac 10:5, 20.
[28] Ex 4:8, 11, 15; Jna 3:2; Mt 21:29.

29 ¶ And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel: 30 And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.

[29] Ex 3:16; 24:1, 11.
[30] Ex 4:2, 16.

The people believeth them.

31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.

[31] Gn 17:3; 24:26; Ex 2:25; 3:7, 16, 18; 4:8; 12:27; 1Ch 29:20; 2Ch 20:18; Ps 106:12; Lk 1:68; 8:13.


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