The LORD said, "I have indeed seen1 the misery2 of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned3 about their suffering.48
So I have come down5 to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land,6 a land flowing with milk and honey7--the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites8 and Jebusites.99
And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing10 them.
So now, go. I am sending11 you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt."1211
But Moses said to God, "Who am I,13 that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"
And God said, "I will be with you.14 And this will be the sign15 to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, youa will worship God on this mountain.16"
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?'17 Then what shall I tell them?"
God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM.b This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM18 has sent me to you.' "
God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD,c the God of your fathers19--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob20--has sent me to you.' This is my name21 forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.2216
"Go, assemble the elders23 of Israel and say to them, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob24--appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen25 what has been done to you in Egypt.
And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt26 into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites--a land flowing with milk and honey.'27