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 Ihand° 5 “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.”
 ILit to my voice aEx 3:18; 6:30 bEx 3:15, 16
 aEx 4:17, 20
 aEx 7:10-12
 ILit palm
 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°.”
 aNu 12:10; 2K 5:27
 aNu 12:13-15; Dt 32:39; 2K 5:14; Mt 8:3; Lk 17:12-14
 ILit listen to IILit voice
 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°.”
 ILit a man of words IILit yesterday IIILit heavy aEx 3:11; 4:1; 6:12; Jr 1:6
 aPs 94:9; 146:8; Mt 11:5; Lk 1:20, 64
 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
 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°.”
 ILit speaking he speaks aEx 4:27
 aEx 4:12, 30; 7:1f; Nu 23:5, 12, 16; Dt 18:18; Is 51:16; 59:21; Jr 1:9
 aEx 7:1, 2
 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°.
 IHeb Jether aEx 2:21; 3:1
 ILit return aEx 2:15, 23
 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°.”’”
 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
 aIs 63:16; 64:8; Jr 31:9; Ho 11:1; Ro 9:4
 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°.
27 ¶ aNow 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°.
 aEx 4:14 bEx 3:1; 18:5; 24:13
 aEx 4:15f bEx 4:8f
 aEx 3:16
 aEx 4:15, 16 bEx 4:1-9
 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 Mosesº answeredºª and said,ºª But, behold,² they will not² believeºª me, nor² hearkenºª unto my voice:º for² they will say,ºª The LORDº hath not² appearedºª unto² thee. 2 And the LORDº saidºª unto² him, What [is] that²² in thine hand?º And he said,ºª A rod.º 3 And he said,ºª Castºª it on the ground.º And he castºª it on the ground,º and it became² a serpent;º and Mosesº fledºª from beforeº² it. 4 And the LORDº saidºª unto² Moses,º Put forthºª thine hand,º and takeºª it by the tail.º And he put forthºª his hand,º and caughtºª it, and it became² a rodº in his hand:º 5 That² they may believeºª that² the LORDº Godº of their fathers,º the Godº of Abraham,º the Godº of Isaac,º and the Godº of Jacob,º hath appearedºª unto² thee.
 Ex 2:14; 3:18; 4:31; Jr 1:6; Ezk 3:14; Ac 7:25.
 Gn 30:37; Ex 4:17, 20; Lv 27:32; Ps 110:2; Is 11:4; Mi 7:14.
 Ex 4:17; 7:10; Am 5:19.
 Gn 22:1; Ps 91:13; Mk 16:18; Lk 10:19; Jn 2:5; Ac 28:3.
 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 LORDº saidºª furthermoreº unto him, Putºª now² thine handº into thy bosom.º And he putºª his handº into his bosom:º and when he took¹ª it out,² behold,² his handº [was] leprousºª as snow.º 7 And he said,ºª Putºª thine handº into² thy bosomº again.¹ª And he putºª his handº into² his bosomº again;¹ª and plucked¹ª it out² of his bosom,º² and, behold,² it was turned againºª as his [other] flesh.º 8 And it shall come to pass,² if² they will not² believeºª thee, neither² hearkenºª to the voiceº of the firstº sign,º that they will believeºª the voiceº of the latterº sign.º 9 And it shall come to pass,² if² they will not² believeºª also² these² twoº signs,º neither² hearkenºª unto thy voice,º that thou shalt takeºª of the waterº² of the river,º and pourºª [it] upon the dryº [land]: and the waterº which² thou takestºª out of² the riverº shall become² bloodº upon the dryº [land].
 Nu 12:10; 2K 5:27.
 Nu 12:13; Dt 32:39; 2K 5:14; Mt 8:3.
 Ex 4:30; Dt 32:39; 2K 5:7; Jb 5:18; Is 28:10; Jn 12:37.
 Ex 1:22; 7:19; Mt 7:2.
He is loath to be sent.
10 ¶ And Mosesº saidºª unto² the LORD,º Oº my Lord,º I¹² [am] not² eloquent,º² neither² heretofore,ººº² nor² sinceº² thou hast spokenºª unto² thy servant:º but² I² [am] slowº of speech,º and of a slowº tongue.º 11 And the LORDº saidºª unto² him, Who² hath madeºª man'sº mouth?º or² who² makethºª the dumb,º or² deaf,º or² the seeing,º or² the blind?º have not² I² the LORD?º 12 Now² therefore go,¹ª² and I² will be² with² thy mouth,º and teachºª thee what² thou shalt say.ºª 13 And he said,ºª Oº my Lord,º send,ºª I pray thee,² by the handº [of him whom] thou wilt send.ºª
 Ex 4:1; 6:12; Jb 12:2; Jr 1:6; Ac 7:22; 1Co 2:1; 2Co 10:10; 11:6.
 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.
 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.
 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 angerº of the LORDº was kindledºª against Moses,º and he said,ºª [Is] not² Aaronº the Leviteº thy brother?º I knowºª that² he² can speak¹ª well.ºª And also,² behold,² he² cometh forthºª to meetºª thee: and when he seethºª thee, he will be gladºª in his heart.º 15 And thou shalt speakºª unto² him, and putºª² wordsº in his mouth:º and I² will be² with² thy mouth,º and with² his mouth,º and will teachºª you² what² ye shall do.ºª 16 And he² shall be thy spokesmanºª unto² the people:º and he shall be,² [even] he² shall be² to thee instead of a mouth,º and thou² shalt be² to him instead of God.º 17 And thou shalt takeºª this² rodº in thine hand,º wherewith² thou shalt doºª² signs.º
 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.
 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.
 Ex 7:1; 18:19; Ps 82:6; Jn 10:34.
 Ex 4:2; 7:9, 19; 1Co 1:27.
Moses departeth from Jethro.
18 ¶ And Mosesº went¹ª² and returnedºª to² Jethro¹² his father in law,ºª and saidºª unto him, Let me go,¹ª² I pray thee,² and returnºª unto² my brethrenº which² [are] in Egypt,º and seeºª whether they be yetº alive.º And Jethroº saidºª to Moses,º Go¹ª² in peace.º 19 And the LORDº saidºª unto² Mosesº in Midian,º Go,¹ª² returnºª into Egypt:º for² all² the men¹² are deadºª which soughtºª² thy life.º 20 And Mosesº tookºª² his wifeº and his sons,º and setºª them upon² an ass,º and he returnedºª to the landº of Egypt:º and Mosesº tookºª² the rodº of Godº in his hand.º
 Gn 45:3; Ex 3:1; 1S 1:17; Lk 7:50; Ac 15:36; 16:36; 1Ti 6:1.
 Ex 2:15, 23; Mt 2:20.
 Ex 4:2, 17; 17:9; Nu 20:8.
God's message to Pharaoh.
21 And the LORDº saidºª unto² Moses,º When thou goest¹ª² to returnºª into Egypt,º seeºª that thou doºª all² those wondersº beforeº Pharaoh,º which² I have putºª in thine hand:º but I² will hardenºª² his heart,º that he shall not² let² the peopleº go.ºª 22 And thou shalt sayºª unto² Pharaoh,º Thus² saithºª the LORD,º Israelº [is] my son,º [even] my firstborn:º 23 And I sayºª unto² thee, Let² my sonº go,ºª that he may serveºª me: and if thou refuseºª to let him go,ºª behold,² I² will slayºª² thy son,º [even] thy firstborn.º
 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.
 Ex 19:5; Dt 14:1; Jr 31:9; Ho 11:1; Ro 9:4; 2Co 6:18; He 12:23; Jm 1:18.
 Ex 11:5; 12:29; Ps 78:51; 105:36; 135:8.
Zipporah circumciseth her son.
24 ¶ And it came to pass² by the wayº in the inn,º that the LORDº metºª him, and soughtºª to killºª him. 25 Then Zipporahº tookºª a sharp stone,º and cut offºª² the foreskinº of her son,º and castºª [it] at his feet,º and said,ºª Surely² a bloodyº husbandº [art] thou² to me. 26 So he let him go:ºª² then² she said,ºª A bloodyº husbandº [thou art], because of the circumcision.º
 Gn 17:14; 42:27; Ex 3:18; Lv 10:3; Nu 22:22; 1K 13:24; 1Ch 21:16; Ho 13:8.
 Jsh 5:2; 2S 16:7.
Aaron is sent to meet Moses.
27 ¶ And the LORDº saidºª to² Aaron,º Go¹ª² into the wildernessº to meetºª Moses.º And he went,¹ª² and metºª him in the mountº of God,º and kissedºª him. 28 And Mosesº toldºª Aaronº² all² the wordsº of the LORDº who² had sentºª him, and all² the signsº which² he had commandedºª him.
 Gn 29:11; Ex 3:1; 4:14; 19:3; 20:18; 24:15; 1K 19:8; Ec 4:9; Ac 10:5, 20.
 Ex 4:8, 11, 15; Jna 3:2; Mt 21:29.
29 ¶ And Mosesº and Aaronº went¹ª² and gathered togetherºª² all² the eldersº of the childrenº of Israel:º 30 And Aaronº spakeºª² all² the wordsº which² the LORDº had spokenºª unto² Moses,º and didºª the signsº in the sightº of the people.º
The people believeth them.
31 And the peopleº believed:ºª and when they heardºª that² the LORDº had visitedºª² the childrenº of Israel,º and that² he had looked¹ª upon²² their affliction,º then they bowed their headsºª and worshipped.ºª
 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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