Exodus 4:17

17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

Exodus 4:17 in Other Translations

17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
17 And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs."
17 And take your shepherd’s staff with you, and use it to perform the miraculous signs I have shown you.”
17 Now take this staff in your hand; you'll use it to do the signs."
17 And take this staff in your hand that you will perform the signs with."

Exodus 4:17 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 4:17

And thou shall take this rod in thine hand
Which he then had in his hand, and was no other than his shepherd's staff: wherewith thou shall do signs:
wondrous things, meaning the ten plagues inflicted on Egypt.

Exodus 4:17 In-Context

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 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 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
19 Now the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.”

Cross References 3

  • 1. S ver 2
  • 2. ver 20; Exodus 17:9
  • 3. Exodus 7:9-21; Exodus 8:5,16; Exodus 9:22; Exodus 10:12-15,21-23; Exodus 14:15-18,26; Numbers 14:11; Deuteronomy 4:34; Psalms 74:9; Psalms 78:43; Psalms 105:27
Scripture quoted by permission.  Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide.