Exodus 3:13-15

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.[a] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD,[b] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.

Exodus 3:13-15 Meaning and Commentary


In this chapter we are informed how that the Lord appeared to Moses in a bush on fire, but not consumed, Ex 3:1-6, declared unto him that he had seen and observed the afflictions of the children of Israel, and was determined to deliver them, Ex 3:7-9, that he gave him a call to be the deliverer of them, answered his objections to it, and instructed him what he should say, both to the elders of Israel and to Pharaoh, Ex 3:10-18, and assured him, that though at first Pharaoh would refuse to let them go, yet after many miracles wrought, he would be willing to dismiss them, when they should depart with great substance, Ex 3:19-22.

Cross References 6

  • 1. S Genesis 32:29
  • 2. Exodus 6:2-3; John 8:58; Hebrews 13:8; Revelation 1:8; Revelation 4:8
  • 3. Genesis 31:42; Daniel 2:23
  • 4. S Genesis 24:12
  • 5. Exodus 6:3,7; Exodus 15:3; Exodus 23:21; Exodus 34:5-7; Leviticus 24:11; Deuteronomy 28:58; Psalms 30:4; Psalms 83:18; Psalms 96:2; Psalms 97:12; Psalms 135:13; Psalms 145:21; Isaiah 42:8; Jeremiah 16:21; Jeremiah 33:2; Hosea 12:5
  • 6. Psalms 45:17; Psalms 72:17; Psalms 102:12

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or I will be what I will be
  • [b]. The Hebrew for Lordsounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for I amin verse 14.
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