Exodus 4

VIN(i) 1 Moses answered, "But, look, they will not believe me, nor listen to my voice; for they will say, 'The LORD has not appeared to you.'" 2 The LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A rod." 3 the LORD said: "Throw it on the ground." When Moses threw it on the ground, it became a snake, and he ran away from it. 4 the LORD said to Moses, Stretch out your hand, and take it by the tail. He stretched out his hand, and took hold of it, and it became a rod in his hand. 5 “This is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” 6 Again the LORD said to him, "Put your hand into your bosom." He put his hand into his bosom and as soon as he brought it out it was leprous, like snow. 7 Then God said, "Put your hand back into your bosom." He returned it to his bosom and as soon as he brought it out, it was restored like the rest of his skin. 8 "Then if they don't believe you and respond to the first sign, they may respond to the second sign. 9 But if they don't believe even these two signs, and won't listen to you, then take some water out of the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you took from the Nile will turn into blood on the dry ground." 10 Moses said to the LORD, “O 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.” 11 the LORD said to him: "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now go and I - I am with your mouth and direct you what to word. 13 Moses said, “Oh, Lord, please send someone else.” 14 the LORD's anger burned against Moses, and he said, “What about Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Also, behold, he is coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 You 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. 16 He is to speak to the people for you as your spokesman and you shall act in the role of God for him. 17 and take this rod in your hand wherewith you work signs. 18 And Moses went back to Jethro, his father-in-law, and said to him, Let me go back now to my relations in Egypt and see if they are still living. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace. 19 The LORD said to Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt, because all the men who wanted to kill you are dead." 20 So Moses took his wife and son, put them on the donkey, and headed back to the land of Egypt. Moses took the staff of God in his hand. 21 the LORD said to Moses: "When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders that I have put in your power. I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go." 22 You are to say to Pharaoh, 'This is what the LORD says: "Israel is my firstborn son. 23 And I say to you, 'Let my son go so he may serve me.' If you refuse to let him go, then, I will kill your firstborn son."'" 24 But later on, at the lodging place along the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him. 25 Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and threw it at Moses' feet. She said: "You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me." 26 And he left him alone. At that time she said, "A bridegroom of blood," because of the circumcision. 27 And LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him on the mountain of God, and kissed him. 28 Moses told Aaron all the words the LORD sent him to tell Moses, and all the signs that he had commanded him to do. 29 Later, Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites. 30 Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses. He also did the miraculous signs for the people. 31 The people believed them. When they heard that the LORD was concerned about the people of Israel and that he had seen their misery, they knelt, bowed low and worshiped.