Exodus 4:18-26 NIV

Moses Returns to Egypt

18 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."

References for Exodus 4:18

      19 Now the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt, for all the men who wanted to kill1 you are dead.2"

      References for Exodus 4:19

      20 So Moses took his wife and sons,3 put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff4 of God in his hand.

      References for Exodus 4:20

      21 The LORD said to Moses, "When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders5 I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart6 so that he will not let the people go.7
      22 Then say to Pharaoh, 'This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,8

      References for Exodus 4:22

      23 and I told you, "Let my son go,9 so he may worship10 me." But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.' "11

      References for Exodus 4:23

      24 At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met [Moses]a and was about to kill12 him.

      References for Exodus 4:24

        • b 4:24 - Or ["Moses' son"]; Hebrew "him"
          25 But Zipporah13 took a flint knife, cut off her son's foreskin14 and touched [Moses'] feet with it.b "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me," she said.

          References for Exodus 4:25

            • c 4:25 - Or "and drew near [Moses'] feet"
              26 So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said "bridegroom of blood," referring to circumcision.)