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1 Then Moses answered the Lord, "But suppose the Israelites do not believe me and will not listen to what I say. What shall I do if they say that you did not appear to me?" 1 Moses answered, "What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, 'The LORD did not appear to you'?"
2 So the Lord asked him, "What are you holding?" "A walking stick," he answered. 2 Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied.
3 The Lord said, "Throw it on the ground." When Moses threw it down, it turned into a snake, and he ran away 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 down and pick it up by the tail." So Moses reached down and caught it, and it became a walking stick again. 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 The Lord said, "Do this to prove to the Israelites that the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has 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 The Lord spoke to Moses again, "Put your hand inside your robe." Moses obeyed; and when he took his hand out, it was diseased, covered with white spots, 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 the Lord said, "Put your hand inside your robe again." He did so, and when he took it out this time, it was healthy, just like the rest of his body. 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 The Lord said, "If they will not believe you or be convinced by the first miracle, then this one will convince them. 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 in spite of these two miracles they still will not believe you, and if they refuse to listen to what you say, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the ground. The water will turn into blood." 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, "No, Lord, don't send me. I have never been a good speaker, and I haven't become one since you began to speak to me. I am a poor speaker, slow and hesitant." 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 The Lord said to him, "Who gives man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or dumb? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? It is 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 will help you to speak, and I will tell you what to say." 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."
13 But Moses answered, "No, Lord, please send someone else." 13 But Moses said, "O Lord, please send someone else to do it."
14 At this the Lord became angry with Moses and said, "What about your brother Aaron, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. In fact, he is now coming to meet you and will be glad to see 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 You can speak to him and tell him what to say. I will help both of you to speak, and I will tell you both 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 He will be your spokesman and speak to the people for you. Then you will be like God, telling him what to say. 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 walking stick with you; for with it you will perform miracles." 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform miraculous signs with it."
18 Then Moses went back to Jethro, his father-in-law, and said to him, "Please let me go back to my relatives in Egypt to see if they are still alive." Jethro agreed and told him good-bye. 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 While Moses was still in Midian, the Lord said to him, "Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead." 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 sons, put them on a donkey, and set out with them for Egypt, carrying the walking stick that God had told him to take. 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 Again the Lord said to Moses, "Now that you are going back to Egypt, be sure to perform before the king all the miracles which I have given you the power to do. But I will make the king stubborn, and he will not 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 you must tell him that I, the Lord, say, "Israel is my first-born son. 22 Then say to Pharaoh, 'This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,
23 I told you to let my son go, so that he might worship me, but you refused. Now I am going to kill your first-born 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 camping place on the way to Egypt, 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 Then Zipporah, his wife, took a sharp stone, cut off the foreskin of her son, and touched Moses' feet with it. Because of the rite of circumcision she said to Moses, "You are a husband of blood to me." And so the Lord spared Moses' life. 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.
27 Meanwhile the Lord had said to Aaron, "Go into the desert to meet Moses." So he went to meet him at the holy mountain; and when he met him, he kissed him. 27 So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said "bridegroom of blood," referring to circumcision.)
28 Then Moses told Aaron everything that the Lord had said when he told him to return to Egypt; he also told him about the miracles which the Lord had ordered him to perform. 28 The LORD said to Aaron, "Go into the desert to meet Moses." So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him.
29 So Moses and Aaron went to Egypt and gathered all the Israelite leaders together. 29 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.
30 Aaron told them everything that the Lord had said to Moses, and then Moses performed all the miracles in front of the people. 30 Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites,
31 They believed, and when they heard that the Lord had come to them and had seen how they were being treated cruelly, they bowed down and worshiped. 31 and Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people,
31 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.