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flees from Egypt. EXODUS. He 28 sent to deliver Israel. him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he be-Jof the desert, and came to the mountain of came her son. And she called his name God, even to Horeb. Moses: and she said, Because I drew him 2 And the Angel of the LORD appeared out of the water.

unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst 11 And it came to pass in those days, of a bush; and he looked, and bebold,the when Moses was grown, that he went out bush burned with fire, and the bush was unto his brethren, and looked on their bur- not consumed. dens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

and see this great sight, why the bush is 12 And he looked this way and that not burned. way, and when he saw that there was no 4 And when the Lord saw that he turnman, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in ed aside to see, God called unto him out the sand.

of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, 13 And when he went out the second Moses! And he said, Here am I. day, behold, two men of the Hebrews 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither : strove together: and he said to him that put off thy shoes from off thy feet; for the did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou place whereon thou standestis holy ground. thy fellow?

6 Moreover he said, I am the God of 14 And he said, who made thee a thy father, the God of Abraham, the God prince and a judge over us? intendest thou of Isaac, and the Gud of Jacob. "And Moto kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian ? ses hid bis face; for he was afraid to look And Moses feared, and said, Surely this upon God. ng is known.

7 And the LORD said, I have surely 15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, seen the affliction of my people which are he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled in Egypt, and have heard their cry by from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in reason of their taskmasters; for I know the land of Midian: and he sat down by their sorrows: a well.

8 And I am come down to deliver them 16 Now the priest of Midian had seven out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to daughters, and they came and drew wa- bring them up out of that land, unto a good ter, and filled the troughs to water their land, and a large, unto a land flowing with father's flock.

milk and honey; unto the place of the 17 And the shepherds came and drove Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the them away: but Moses stood up and help- Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hied them, and watered their flock. vites, and the Jebusites.

18 And when they came to Reuel their 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the father, he said, How is it that ye are come children of Israel is come unto me: and I so soon to-day?

have also seen the oppression wherewith 19 And they said, An Egyptian deli- the Egyptians oppress them. vered us out of the hand of the shepherds, 10 Come now therefore, and I will send and also drew water enough for us, and thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring watered the flock.

forth my people, the children of Israel, out 20 And he said unto his daughters, And of Egypt. where is he? why is it that ye have left 11 And Moses said unto God, Who the man ? call him, that he may eat bread. am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and

21 And Moses was content to dwell that I should bring forth the children of with the man: and he gave Moses,Zippo- Israel out of Egypt? rah his daughter.

12 And he said, Certainly I will be with 22 And she bare him a son, and he call- thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, ed his name Gershom; for he said, I have that I have sent thee: When thou hast been a stranger in a strange land. brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye

23 | And it came to pass, in process of shall serve God upon this mountain. time, that the king of Egypt died: and 13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, the children of Israel sighed by reason of when I come unto the children of Israel, the bondage, and they cried; and their cry and shall say unto them, The God of your came up unto God, by reason ofthe bondage. fathers bath sent me unto you; and they

24 And God heard their groaning, and shall say to me, What is his name? What God remembered his covenant with Abra- shall I say unto them? ham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

14 And God said unto Moses, I AM 25 And God looked upon the children THAT I AM: And he said, Thus shalt of Israel, and God had respect unto them. thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM CHAP. III.

hath sent me unto you. OW Moses kept the flock of Jethro 15 And God said moreover unto Moses,

his father-in-law, the priest of Mid-Thus shalt thou say unto the children of ian: and he led the flock to the back side Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the

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His rod turned inlo a serpent : CHAP. IV Auron appointed to assist hun. God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and bosoin again. And he put his hand into the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: his bosom again, and plucked it out of his this is my name for ever, and this is my bosom, and behold, it was turned again as wemorial unto all generations.

his other flesh. 16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel 8 And it shall come to pass, if they will together, and say unto them, The LORD not believe thee, neither hearken to the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, voice of the first sign, that they will beof Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, lieve the voice of the latter sign. saying, I bave surely visited you, and seen 9 And it shall come to pass, if they will that which is done to you in Egypt: not believe also these two signs, neither

17 And I have said, I will bring you up hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt out of the affliction of Egypt, unto the land take of the water of the river, and pour it of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and upon the dry land: and the water which the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the thou takest out of the river shall become Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land blood upon the dry land. Powing with milk and honey.

10 T And Moses said unto the LORD, O 18 And they shall bearken to thy voice; my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither hereand thou shalt come, thou and the elderstofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a shall say unto him, The LORD God of the slow tongue. Hebrew's hath met with us; and now let 11 And the LORD said unto him, Who us go (we beseech thee) three days' jour- hath made man's mouth? or who maketh ney into the wilderness, that we may sa- the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the criñce to the LORD our God.

blind ? have not I the LORD? 19 | And I am sure that the king of 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt mighty hand.

say. 20 And I will stretch out my hand, and 13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray smite Egypt with all my wonders which I thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt will do in the midst thereof: and after send. that he will let you go.

14 | And the anger of the LORD was 21 And I will give this people favour in kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not the sight of the Egyptians : and it shall Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall he can speak well. And also,behold, he not go empty :

Icometh forth to meet thee: and when he 22 But every woman shall borrow of seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth 15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels put words in his mouth : and I will be with of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will them upon your sons, and upon your daugh-teach you what ye shall do. ters: and ye shall spoil the Egyptians. 16 Ånd be shall be thy spokesman unto CHAP. IV.

the people : and he shall be, even he shall ND Moses answered and said, But, be- be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou hearken unto my voice : for they will say, 17 And thou shalt take this rod in thy The Lord hath not appeared unto thee. hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.

2 And the LORD said unto him, What is 18 | And Moses went, and returned to that in thy hand? And he said, A rod. Jethro his father-in-law, and said unto

3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return And he cast it on the ground,

and it became unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and a serpent : and Moses fled from before it. see whether they be yet alive. And Je.

4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put thro said to Moses, Go in peace. forth thy hand, and take it by the tail. 19 And the LORD said unto Moses in And he put forth his hand, ard caught it, Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the and it became a rod in his hand : men are dead which sought thy life.

5 That they may believe that the LORD 20 And Moses took his wife, and his God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, sons, and set them upon an ass, and he the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, returned to the land of Egypt. And Mobath appeared unto thee.

ses took the rod of God in his hand. 6 T And the LORD said furthermore unto 21 | And the LORD said unto Moses, him, Put now thy band into thy bosom. When thou goest to return into Egypt, see And he put his hand into his bosom: and that thou do all those wonders before Pha when he took it out, behold, his hand was raoh which I have put in thy hand: but leprous as snow.

I will harden his heart, thai he shall not 7 And he said, Put thy hand into thy let the people go.

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The Israelites' task increased. EXODUS. Moses complains to God.

22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, did makc heretofore, ye shall lay upon Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, them; ye shall not diminish aught thereof: even my first-born.

for they be idle ; therefore they cry, say. 23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, ing, Let us go and sacrifice to our God. that he may serve me: and if thou refuse 9 Let there more work be laid upon the to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, men, that they may labour therein: and even thy first-born.

let them not regard vain words. 24 T And it came to pass by the way in 10 And the taskmasters of the people the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought wentout, and their officers, and they spake to kill him.

to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, 25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, I will not give you straw. and cut off the foreskin of her son, and 11 Go ye, get you straw where ye can cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a find it : yet not aught of your work shall bloody husband art thou to me.

be diminished. 26 So he let him go : then she said, A 12 So the people were scattered abroad bloody husband thou art, because of the throughout all the land of Egypt, to gather circumcision.

stubble instead of straw. 27 | And the LORD said to Aaron, Go 13 And the taskmasters hasted them, into the wilderness to meet Moses. And saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, he went, and inet him in the mount of God, as when there was straw. and kissed him.

14 And the officers of the children of 28 And Moses told Aaron all the words Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters had of the LORD who had sent him, and all the set over them, were beaten, and demandsigns which he had commanded him. ed, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your

29 | And Moses and Aaron went, and task in making brick, both yesterday and gathered together all the elders of the to-day, as heretofore ? children of Israel.

15' Then the officers of the children 30 And Aaron spake all the words which of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with the signs in the sight of the people. thy servants ?

31 T And the people believed: and 16 There is no straw given unto thy when they heard that the Lord had visited servants, and they say to us, Make brick: the children of Israel, and that he had look- and behold, thy servants are beaten; but ed upon their affliction, then they bowed the fault is in thine own people. their heads and worshipped.

17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle : CHAP. V.

therefore ye say, Let us go, and do sacri. ND afterward Moses and Aaron went fice to the Lorn. A ,

18 Go therefore now, and work : for LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, there shall no straw be given you, yet shall that they may hold a feast unto me in the ye deliver the tale of bricks. wilderness.

19 | And the officers of the children of 2 And Pharaoh said, who is the LORD, Israel did see that they were in evil case, that I should obey his voice to let Israel after it was said, Ye shall not minish aughi go? I know not the Lord, neither will I from your bricks of your daily task. let Israel go.

20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who 3 And they said, The God of the He- stood in the way, as they came forth from brews hath met with us : let us go, we pray Pharaoh : thee, three days' journey into the desert, 21 And they said unto them, The LORD and sacrifice unto the Lord our God; lest look upon you, and judge; because ye he fall upon us with pestilence, or with have made our savour to be abhorred in the the sword.

eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his 4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, servants, to put a sword in their band to Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, !et slay us. the people from their works? get you 22 | And Moses returned unto the Lord, unto your burdens.

and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so 5 And Pharaoh said, Behold, the evil-entreated this people ? why is it that people of the land now are many, and ye thou hast sent me ? make them rest from their burdens.

23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak 6 And Pharaoh commanded the same in thy name, he hath done evil to this peoday the taskmasters of the people, and ple: neither hast thou delivered thy peotheir officers, saying, 7 Ye shall no more give the people

CHAP. VI. straw to make brick, as heretofore : let THEN the Lord said unto Moses, Now them go and gather straw for themselves. shalt thou see what I will do to Pha. 8 And the tale of the bricks which they'raoh : for with a strong hand shall be ler

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