16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.
17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

Moses Returns to Egypt

18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
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      19 Now the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.”
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      20 So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.
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      21 The LORD said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.
      22 Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,
      23 and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’ ”
      24 At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Mosesa and was about to kill him.
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      25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it.b “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said.
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        • k 4:25 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
          26 So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)