Moses said to the LORD, "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue."111
The LORD said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute?2 Who gives him sight or makes him blind?3 Is it not I, the LORD?
Now go;4 I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."513
But Moses said, "O Lord, please send someone else to do it."614
Then the LORD's anger burned7 against Moses and he said, "What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet8 you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you.
You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth;9 I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do.
He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth10 and as if you were God to him.1117
But take this staff12 in your hand13 so you can perform miraculous signs14 with it."
Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, "Let me go back to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive." Jethro said, "Go, and I wish you well."
Now the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt, for all the men who wanted to kill15 you are dead.16"
So Moses took his wife and sons,17 put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff18 of God in his hand.
The LORD said to Moses, "When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders19 I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart20 so that he will not let the people go.2122
Then say to Pharaoh, 'This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,2223
and I told you, "Let my son go,23 so he may worship24 me." But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.' "2524
At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met [Moses]a and was about to kill26 him.
But Zipporah27 took a flint knife, cut off her son's foreskin28 and touched [Moses'] feet with it.b "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me," she said.
So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said "bridegroom of blood," referring to circumcision.)
The LORD said to Aaron, "Go into the desert to meet Moses." So he met Moses at the mountain29 of God and kissed30 him.
Then Moses told Aaron everything the LORD had sent him to say,31 and also about all the miraculous signs he had commanded him to perform.