Exodus 4

Musa answered, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor listen to my voice; for they will say, ‘Allah has not appeared to you.‘”

2Allah said to him, What is that in your hand?

He said, A rod.

3He said, Throw it on the ground.

He threw it on the ground, and it became a snake; and Musa ran away from it.

4Allah said to Musa, Put forth your hand, and take it by the tail.

He put forth his hand, and laid hold of it, and it became a rod in his hand.

5That they may believe that Allah, the God of their fathers, the God of Ibrahim, the God of Ishaq, and the God of Yaqub, has appeared to you. 6Allah said furthermore to him, Now put your hand inside your cloak.

He put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, as white as snow.

7He said, Put your hand inside your cloak again.

He put his hand inside his cloak again, and when he took it out of his cloak, behold, it had turned again as his other flesh.

8It will happen, if they will neither believe you nor listen to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. 9It will happen, if they will not believe even these two signs, neither listen to your voice, that you shall take of the water of the river, and pour it on the dry land. The water which you take out of the river will become blood on the dry land.

10Musa said to Allah, Oh, Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before now, nor since you have spoken to your servant; for I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

11Allah said to him, Who made man’s mouth? Or who makes one mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Isn’t it I, Allah? 12Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth, and teach you what you shall speak.

13He said, Oh, Lord, please send someone else.

14The anger of Allah was kindled against Musa, and he said, What about Harun, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Also, behold, he comes forth to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15You shall speak to him, and put the words in his mouth. I will be with your mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what you shall do. 16He will be your spokesman to the people; and it will happen, that he will be to you a mouth, and you will be to him as God. 17You shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.

18Musa went and returned to Shuaib his father-in-law, and said to him, Please let me go and return to my brothers who are in Egypt, and see whether they are still alive.

Shuaib said to Musa, Go in peace.

19Allah said to Musa in Madyan, Go, return into Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead.

20Musa took his wife and his sons, and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. Musa took God’s rod in his hand. 21Allah said to Musa, When you go back into Egypt, see that you do before Firaun all the wonders which I have put in your hand, but I will harden his heart and he will not let the people go. 22You shall tell Firaun, ‘Thus says Allah, Israel is my son, my firstborn, 23and I have said to you, Let my son go, that he may worship me; and you have refused to let him go. Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn.‘”

24It happened on the way at a lodging place, that Allah met him and wanted to kill him. 25Then Zipporah took a flint, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet; and she said, Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me.

26So he let him alone. Then she said, You are a bridegroom of blood, because of the circumcision.

27Allah said to Harun, Go into the wilderness to meet Musa.

He went, and met him on God’s mountain, and kissed him. 28Musa told Harun all the words of Allah with which he had sent him, and all the signs with which he had charged him. 29Musa and Harun went and gathered together all the elders of Bani-Israel. 30Harun spoke all the words which Allah had spoken to Musa, and did the signs in the sight of the people. 31The people believed, and when they heard that Allah had visited Bani-Israel, and that he had seen their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.


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