Then Mosessaid, "What if they will not believe me or 1listenato what I say ? For they may say, '2The LORD has not appeared to you.' "
The LORDsaid to him, "What is that in your hand ?" And he said, "3A staff."
Then He said, "Throw it on the ground." So he threw it on the ground, and 4it became a serpent ; and Mosesfled from it.
But the LORDsaid to Moses, "Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail "-so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his bhand -
"that 5they may believe that 6the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you."
The LORDfurthermoresaid to him, "Nowput your hand into your bosom." So he put his hand into his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was 7leprous like snow.
Then He said, "Put your hand into your bosomagain." So he put his hand into his bosomagain, and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, 8it was restored like the rest of his flesh.
8"If they will not believe you or cheed the dwitness of the firstsign, they may believe the ewitness of the lastsign.
"But if they will not believeeventhesetwosigns or heedwhat you say, then you shall takesomewater from the Nile and pour it on the dryground ; and the waterwhich you take from the Nile9will becomeblood on the dryground."
Then Mosessaid to the LORD, "Please, Lord, 10I have never been feloquent , neithergrecentlynor in timepast, norsince You have spoken to Your servant ; for I am hslow of speech and islow of tongue."
The LORDsaid to him, "Who has mademan'smouth ? Or11whomakes him muteordeaf, orseeingorblind ? Is it not I, the LORD ?
12"Now then go, and 12I, even I, will be with your mouth, and 13teach you what you are to say."
But he said, "Please, Lord, nowjsend the message by whomever You will."
Then the anger of the LORDburned against Moses, and He said, "Is there not your brotherAaron the Levite ? I know that khe speaksfluently. And moreover, behold, 14he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.
"You are to speak to him and 15put the words in his mouth ; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do.
"Moreover, 16he shall speak for you to the people ; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him.
"You shall take in your hand17thisstaff, 18with which you shall perform the signs."
Then Mosesdeparted and returned to lJethro19his father-in-law and said to him, "Please, let me go, that I may return to my brethrenwho are in Egypt, and see if they are stillalive." And Jethrosaid to Moses, "Go in peace."
Now the LORDsaid to Moses in Midian, "Gomback to Egypt, for 20all the men who were seeking your life are dead."
So Mosestook his wife and his 21sons and mounted them on a donkey, and returned to the land of Egypt. Moses also took the 22staff of God in his hand.
The LORDsaid to Moses, "When you gonback to Egyptsee that you performbeforePharaohall23the wonderswhich I have put in your opower ; but 24I will harden his heart so that he will not let the peoplego.
"Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thussays the LORD, "25Israel is My son, My firstborn.
"So I said to you, '26Let My songo that he may serve Me'; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, 27I will kill your son, your firstborn.""'
Now it came about at the lodgingplace on the way that the LORDmet him and 28sought to put him to death.
Then Zipporahtook29a flint and cutoff her son'sforeskin and pthrew it at Moses' feet, and she said, "You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me."
So He let him alone. At that time she said, "You are a bridegroom of blood "-qbecause of the circumcision.
2730Now the LORDsaid to Aaron, "Go to meetMoses in the wilderness." So he went and met him at the 31mountain of God and kissed him.
2832MosestoldAaronall the words of the LORD with which He had sent him, and 33all the signs that He had commanded him to do.
Then Moses and Aaronwent and 34assembledall the elders of the sons of Israel ;
and 35Aaronspokeall the wordswhich the LORD had spoken to Moses. He then performed the 36signs in the sight of the people.
So 37the peoplebelieved ; and when they heard that the LORDr38was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then 39they bowedlow and worshiped.