Exodus 4 (New American Standard)

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Moses Given Powers

1 Then Moses said, "What if they will not believe me or 1listen ato what I say ? For they may say, '2The LORD has not appeared to you.' " 2 The LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand ?" And he said, "3A staff." 3 Then He said, "Throw it on the ground." So he threw it on the ground, and 4it became a serpent ; and Moses fled from it. 4 But the LORD said 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 - 5 "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." 6 The LORD furthermore said to him, "Now put 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. 7 Then He said, "Put your hand into your bosom again." So he put his hand into his bosom again, 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 first sign, they may believe the ewitness of the last sign. 9 "But if they will not believe even these two signs or heed what you say, then you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground ; and the water which you take from the Nile 9will become blood on the dry ground." 10 Then Moses said to the LORD, "Please, Lord, 10I have never been feloquent , neither grecently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant ; for I am hslow of speech and islow of tongue." 11 The LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth ? Or 11who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind ? 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." 13 But he said, "Please, Lord, now jsend the message by whomever You will."

Aaron to Be Moses' Mouthpiece

14 Then the anger of the LORD burned against Moses, and He said, "Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite ? I know that khe speaks fluently. And moreover, behold, 14he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 "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. 16 "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. 17 "You shall take in your hand 17this staff, 18with which you shall perform the signs." 18 Then Moses departed and returned to lJethro 19his father-in-law and said to him, "Please, let me go, that I may return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see if they are still alive." And Jethro said to Moses, "Go in peace." 19 Now the LORD said to Moses in Midian, "Go mback to Egypt, for 20all the men who were seeking your life are dead." 20 So Moses took 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. 21 The LORD said to Moses, "When you go nback to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all 23the wonders which I have put in your opower ; but 24I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. 22 "Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD, "25Israel is My son, My firstborn. 23 "So I said to you, '26Let My son go that he may serve Me'; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, 27I will kill your son, your firstborn.""' 24 Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the LORD met him and 28sought to put him to death. 25 Then Zipporah took 29a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and pthrew it at Moses' feet, and she said, "You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me." 26 So He let him alone. At that time she said, "You are a bridegroom of blood "-qbecause of the circumcision. 27 30Now the LORD said to Aaron, "Go to meet Moses in the wilderness." So he went and met him at the 31mountain of God and kissed him. 28 32Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which He had sent him, and 33all the signs that He had commanded him to do. 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and 34assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel ; 30 and 35Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses. He then performed the 36signs in the sight of the people. 31 So 37the people believed ; and when they heard that the LORD r38was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then 39they bowed low and worshiped.
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