1 Then MosesI answered,II “But supposeIII they do not believeIV me or listenV to me,VI
but say, ‘The LordVII did not appearVIII to you.’”
2 The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”IX
He said, “A staff.”X
3 And he said, “ThrowXI it on the ground.”XII So he threw the staff on the ground, and it becameXIII a snake;XIV and Moses drew backXV fromXVI it.
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach outXVII your hand, and seizeXVIII it by the tail”XIX—so he reached out his hand and graspedXX it, and it became a staff in his handXXI—
5 “so that they may believe that the Lord, the GodXXII of their ancestors,XXIII the God of Abraham,XXIV the God of Isaac,XXV and the God of Jacob,XXVI has appeared to you.”
6 Again, the Lord said to him, “PutXXVII, XXVIII your handXXIX inside your cloak.”XXX
He put his handXXXI into his cloak; and when he took it out,XXXII, XXXIII his handXXXIV was leprous,XXXV as white as snow.XXXVI
7 Then God said, “Put your handXXXVII backXXXVIII into your cloak”—so he put his handXXXIX back into his cloak, and when he took it out,XL it was restoredXLI like the rest of his bodyXLII—
8 “XLIIIIf they will not believe you or heedXLIV the firstXLV sign,XLVI they may believe the secondXLVII sign.
9 XLVIIIIf they will not believe even these twoXLIX signs or heed you,L you shall takeLI some waterLII from the NileLIII
and pour it onLIV the dry ground;LV andLVI the water that you shall take from the Nile will become bloodLVII on the dry ground.”LVIII
10 But Moses said to the Lord, “OLIX my Lord,LX I have never beenLXI eloquent,LXII
neither in the pastLXIII nor even nowLXIV that you have spokenLXV to your servant;LXVI but I am slowLXVII of speechLXVIII and slow of tongue.”LXIX
11 Then the LordLXX said to him, “Who givesLXXI speech to mortals?LXXII Who makesLXXIII them muteLXXIV or deaf,LXXV
seeingLXXVI or blind?LXXVII Is it not I, the Lord?LXXVIII 12 Now go,LXXIX and I will be with your mouthLXXX and teachLXXXI you what you are to speak.”
13 But he said, “O my Lord,LXXXII pleaseLXXXIII sendLXXXIV someone else.”LXXXV
14 Then the angerLXXXVI of the LordLXXXVII was kindledLXXXVIII against Moses
and he said, “What of your brotherLXXXIX AaronXC the Levite?XCI I knowXCII that he can speak fluently;XCIII
even nowXCIV he is coming outXCV to meetXCVI you, and when he seesXCVII you his heartXCVIII will be glad.XCIX
15 You shall speak to him and putC the wordsCI in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and will teach you what you shall do.CII 16 He indeed shall speak for you to the people;CIII, CIV he shall serveCV as a mouth for you, and you shall serve as God for him. 17 Take in your hand this staff, with which you shall performCVI the signs.”
18 Moses went backCVII to his father-in-lawCVIII JethroCIX and said to him, “Please let me goCX back to my kindredCXI in EgyptCXII and see whether they are still living.”CXIII
And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.”CXIV
19 The LordCXV said to Moses in Midian,CXVI “Go back to Egypt; for allCXVII thoseCXVIII who were seekingCXIX your lifeCXX are dead.”CXXI
20 So Moses took his wifeCXXII and his sons,CXXIII putCXXIV them on a donkey,CXXV and went back to the landCXXVI of Egypt; and Moses carriedCXXVII the staff of God in his hand.CXXVIII
21 And the LordCXXIX said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you perform beforeCXXX PharaohCXXXI all the wondersCXXXII that I have put in your power;CXXXIII but I will hardenCXXXIV his heart, so that he will not let the people go.CXXXV
22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord:CXXXVI IsraelCXXXVII is my firstbornCXXXVIII son. 23 I said to you, “Let my son goCXXXIX that he may worshipCXL me.” But you refused to let him go;CXLI nowCXLII I will killCXLIII your firstborn son.’”
24 CXLIVOn the way,CXLV at a place where they spent the night,CXLVI the LordCXLVII metCXLVIII him and triedCXLIX to killCL him.
25 But ZipporahCLI took a flintCLII and cut offCLIII her son’s foreskin,CLIV
and touchedCLV Moses’ feetCLVI with it, and said, “Truly you are a bridegroomCLVII of blood to me!” 26 So he let him alone.CLVIII It was then she said, “A bridegroom of blood by circumcision.”CLIX
27 The LordCLX said to Aaron, “Go into the wildernessCLXI to meet Moses.”
So he went; and he met him at the mountainCLXII of God and kissedCLXIII him. 28 Moses toldCLXIV Aaron all the words of the LordCLXV with which he had sent him, and all the signs with which he had chargedCLXVI him.
29 Then Moses and Aaron went and assembledCLXVII all the eldersCLXVIII of the Israelites.CLXIX 30 Aaron spoke all the words that the LordCLXX had spoken to Moses, and performed the signs in the sightCLXXI of the people. 31 The people believed; and when they heard that the LordCLXXII had given heedCLXXIII to the Israelites
and that he had seen their misery,CLXXIV they bowed downCLXXV and worshiped.CLXXVI
Image credit: “Prostration of Moses before the Burning Bush in the Catholic Church of Ntra. Stma” in Duisberg. Photo by Jordi, 2016.