Exodus 3:7-8

7 The LORD said, "I have surely 1seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because * of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.
8 "So I have come down 2to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a 3good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of 4the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.

Exodus 3:7-8 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 2

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.

Exodus 3:7-8 In-Context

5 Then He said, "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."
6 He said also, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
7 The LORD said, "I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.
8 "So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
9 "Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.
10 "Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt."

Cross References 4

  • 1. Exodus 2:25; Nehemiah 9:9; Psalms 106:44; Isaiah 63:9; Acts 7:34
  • 2. Genesis 15:13-16; Genesis 46:4; Genesis 50:24, 25; Exodus 6:6-8; Exodus 12:51
  • 3. Exodus 3:17; Exodus 13:5; Numbers 13:27; Deuteronomy 1:25; Deuteronomy 8:7-9; Jeremiah 11:5; Ezekiel 20:6
  • 4. Genesis 15:19-21; Joshua 24:11

Footnotes 1

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