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Exodus 4:22

22 Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,

Read Exodus 4:22 Using Other Translations

And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son,
Then you will tell him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son.

What does Exodus 4:22 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 4:22

And thou shall say unto Pharaoh
When arrived in Egypt, and in his presence: thus saith the Lord;
he was to declare to him that he came in his name, and by his orders, and, as an ambassador of his, required the dismission of the children of Israel out of Egypt: Israel [is] my son, [even] my firstborn;
as dear to him as a man's firstborn is, or as his only son: adoption is one of the privileges peculiar to Israel after the flesh, even national adoption, with all the external privileges appertaining to it, ( Romans 9:4 Romans 9:5 ) .

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