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Exodus 4 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Moses replied, "But what if they don't believe me or pay attention to me? They might say to me, ‘The LORD didn't appear to you!'" 1 Moses answered, "What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, 'The LORD did not appear to you'?"
2 The LORD said to him, "What's that in your hand?" Moses replied, "A shepherd's rod." 2 Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied.
3 The LORD said, "Throw it down on the ground." So Moses threw it on the ground, and it turned into a snake. Moses jumped back from it. 3 The LORD said, "Throw it on the ground." Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.
4 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Reach out and grab the snake by the tail." So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a rod in his hand. 4 Then the LORD said to him, "Reach out your hand and take it by the tail." So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.
5 "Do this so that they will believe that the LORD, the God of their ancestors, Abraham's God, Isaac's God, and Jacob's God has in fact appeared to you." 5 "This," said the LORD, "is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob--has appeared to you."
6 Again, the LORD said to Moses, "Put your hand inside your coat." So Moses put his hand inside his coat. When he took his hand out, his hand had a skin disease flaky like snow. 6 Then the LORD said, "Put your hand inside your cloak." So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was leprous, like snow.
7 Then God said, "Put your hand back inside your coat." So Moses put his hand back inside his coat. When he took it back out again, the skin of his hand had returned to normal. 7 "Now put it back into your cloak," he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.
8 "If they won't believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second sign. 8 Then the LORD said, "If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first miraculous sign, they may believe the second.
9 If they won't believe even these two signs or pay attention to you, then take some water from the Nile River and pour it out on dry ground. The water that you take from the Nile will turn into blood on the dry ground." 9 But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground."
10 But Moses said to the LORD, "My Lord, I've never been able to speak well, not yesterday, not the day before, and certainly not now since you've been talking to your servant. I have a slow mouth and a thick tongue." 10 Moses said to the LORD, "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue."
11 Then the LORD said to him, "Who gives people the ability to speak? Who's responsible for making them unable to speak or hard of hearing, sighted or blind? Isn't it I, the LORD? 11 The LORD said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD?
12 Now go! I'll help you speak, and I'll teach you what you should say." 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."
13 But Moses said, "Please, my Lord, just send someone else." 13 But Moses said, "O Lord, please send someone else to do it."
14 Then the LORD got angry at Moses and said, "What about your brother Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak very well. He's on his way out to meet you now, and he's looking forward to seeing you. 14 Then the LORD's anger burned against Moses and he said, "What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you.
15 Speak to him and tell him what he's supposed to say. I'll help both of you speak, and I'll teach both of you what to do. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do.
16 Aaron will speak for you to the people. He'll be a spokesperson for you, and you will be like God for him. 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 Take this shepherd's rod with you too so that you can do the signs." 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform miraculous signs with it."
18 Moses went back to his father-in-law Jethro and said to him, "Please let me go back to my family in Egypt and see whether or not they are still living." Jethro said to Moses, "Go in peace." 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."
19 The LORD said to Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt because everyone there who wanted to kill you has died." 19 Now the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt, for all the men who wanted to kill you are dead."
20 So Moses took his wife and his children, put them on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt. Moses also carried the shepherd's rod from God in his hand. 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.
21 The LORD said to Moses, "When you go back to Egypt, make sure that you appear before Pharaoh and do all the amazing acts that I've given you the power to do. But I'll make him stubborn so that he won't let the people go. 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 oldest son. 22 Then say to Pharaoh, 'This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,
23 I said to you, 'Let my son go so he could worship me.' But you refused to let him go. As a result, now I'm going to kill your oldest 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 During their journey, as they camped overnight, the LORD met Moses and tried to kill him. 24 At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met [Moses] and was about to kill him.
25 But Zipporah took a sharp-edged flint stone and cut off her son's foreskin. Then she touched Moses' genitals with it, and she said, "You are my bridegroom because of bloodshed." 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son's foreskin and touched [Moses'] feet with it. "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me," she said.
26 So the LORD let him alone. At that time, she announced, "A bridegroom because of bloodshed by circumcision." 26 So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said "bridegroom of blood," referring to circumcision.)
27 The LORD said to Aaron, "Go into the desert to meet Moses." So he went, and Aaron met him at God's mountain and greeted him with a kiss. 27 The LORD said to Aaron, "Go into the desert to meet Moses." So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him.
28 Moses told Aaron what the LORD had said about his mission and all the signs that the LORD had told him to do. 28 Then Moses told Aaron everything the LORD had sent him to say, and also about all the miraculous signs he had commanded him to perform.
29 Then Moses and Aaron called together all the Israelite elders. 29 Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites,
30 Aaron told them everything that the LORD had told to Moses, and he performed the signs in front of the people. 30 and Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people,
31 The people believed. When they heard that the LORD had paid attention to the Israelites and had seen their oppression, they bowed down and worshipped. 31 and they believed. And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.