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1 And Moses answered, and he said, "And if they do not believe me and they do not listen to my voice, but they say, 'Yahweh did not 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 And Yahweh said to him, "What [is] this in your hand?" And he said, "A staff." 2 Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied.
3 And he said, "Throw it onto the ground." And he threw it onto the ground, and it became a snake, and Moses fled 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 And Yahweh said to Moses, "Reach out your hand and grasp [it] by its tail"--" (And he reached out his hand and grabbed it, and it became a staff in his palm.)-- 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 "so that they may believe that Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, appeared to you, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." 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 And Yahweh said to him again, "Put your hand into the fold of your garment." And he put his hand into the fold of his garment, and he took it out, and, {to his surprise}, his hand [was] afflicted with a skin disease, 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 And he said, "Return your hand to the fold of your garment." And he returned his hand to the fold of his garment, and he took it out from the fold of his garment, and, {to his surprise}, it was restored 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 "{And} if they do not believe you and they will not listen to the voice of the former sign, [then] they will believe the voice of the latter 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 {And} if they also do not believe the second of these signs and they will not listen to your voice, [then] you must take water from the Nile and pour [it] onto the dry ground, and the water that you take from the Nile will become 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 And Moses said to Yahweh, "Please, Lord, I [am] not a man of words, {neither recently nor in the past nor since your speaking} to your servant, because I [am] heavy of mouth and of 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 And Yahweh said to him, "Who gave a mouth to humankind, or who makes mute or deaf or sighted or blind? [Is it] not I, Yahweh? 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 So then go, and I myself will be with your mouth, and I will teach you what you must speak." 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."
13 And he said, "Please, Lord, do send {anyone else whom you wish to send}." 13 But Moses said, "O Lord, please send someone else to do it."
14 {And Yahweh was angry with} Moses and said, "[Is there] not Aaron your brother the Levite? I know that he certainly can speak, and also there he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will rejoice in his heart. 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 And you will speak to him, and you will put words in his mouth, and I myself will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you must 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 And he will speak for you to the people, {and then} he will be to you as a mouth, and you will be to him as a god. 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 And you must take this staff in your hand, with which you will do the signs." 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform miraculous signs with it."
18 And Moses went, and he returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and he said to him, "Please let me go, and let me return to my brothers who [are] in Egypt, and let me see whether they [are] yet alive. And 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 And Yahweh said to Moses in Midian, "Go, return to Egypt because all the men have died who [were] seeking your life." 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 And Moses took his wife and his sons and had them ride on the donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt, and Moses took the staff of 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 And Yahweh said to Moses, "When you go to return to Egypt, see all of the wonders that I have put in your hand, and do them before Pharaoh, and I myself will harden his heart, and he will not release the people. 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 And you must say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says Yahweh, "Israel [is] my son, my firstborn." 22 Then say to Pharaoh, 'This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,
23 And I said to you, "Release my son and let him serve me," but you refused to release him. Look, I [am about] to kill your son, your firstborn.'" 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 {And} on the way, at the place of overnight lodging, Yahweh encountered him and sought 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 flint [knife], and she cut off the foreskin of her son, and she touched his feet, and she said, "Yes, you [are] a bridegroom of blood to me." 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 And he left him alone. At that time she said, "A bridegroom of blood," because of the circumcision. 26 So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said "bridegroom of blood," referring to circumcision.)
27 And Yahweh said to Aaron, "Go to the desert to meet Moses." And he went and encountered him at the mountain of God and kissed him. 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 And Moses told Aaron all the words of Yahweh, who had sent him--and all the signs that he had commanded him. 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 And Moses and Aaron went, and they gathered all of the elders of the {Israelites}. 29 Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites,
30 And Aaron spoke all the words that Yahweh had spoken to Moses, and he did the signs before the eyes of the people. 30 and Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people,
31 And the people believed when they heard that Yahweh had attended to the {Israelites} and that he had seen their misery, and they knelt down and they worshiped. 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.