Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?'1 Then what shall I tell them?"
God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM.a This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM2 has sent me to you.' "
God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD,b the God of your fathers3--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob4--has sent me to you.' This is my name5 forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.616
"Go, assemble the elders7 of Israel and say to them, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob8--appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen9 what has been done to you in Egypt.
And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt10 into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites--a land flowing with milk and honey.'1118
"The elders of Israel will listen12 to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, 'The LORD, the God of the Hebrews,13 has met14 with us. Let us take a three-day journey15 into the desert to offer sacrifices16 to the LORD our God.'
But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand17 compels him.
So I will stretch out my hand18 and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders19 that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.2021
"And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed21 toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.2222
Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver23 and gold24 and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder25 the Egyptians."26