But Moses replied to the Lord, "Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent-either in the past or recently or since You have been speaking to Your servanta-because I am slow and hesitant in speech."
The Lord said to him, "Who made the human mouth? Who makes him mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
Now go! I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say."
Moses said, "Please, Lord, send someone else."b14
Then the Lord's anger burned against Moses, and He said, "Isn't Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, he is on his way now to meet you. When he sees you, his heart will rejoice.
You will speak with him and tell him what to say. I will helpc both you and him [to speak], and will teach you both what to do.
He will speak to the people for you. He will be your spokesman, and you will serve as God to him.
And take this staff in your hand that you will perform the signs with."
Then Moses went back to his father-in-law Jethro and said to him, "Please let me return to my relatives in Egypt and see if they are still living." Jethro said to Moses, "Go in peace."
Now in Midian the Lord told Moses, "Return to Egypt, for all the men who wanted to kill you are dead."
So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey, and set out for the land of Egypt. And Moses took God's staff in his hand.