Exodus 4-6 Bible in Basic English

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4 1  And Moses, answering, said, It is certain that they will not have faith in me or give ear to my voice; for they will say, You have not seen the Lord. 2  And the Lord said to him, What is that in your hand? And he said, A rod. 3  And he said, Put it down on the earth. And he put it down on the earth and it became a snake; and Moses went running from it. 4  And the Lord said to Moses, Put out your hand and take it by the tail: (and he put out his hand and took a grip of it and it became a rod in his hand:) 5  So that they may be certain that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has been seen by you. 6  Then the Lord said to him again, Put your hand inside your clothing. And he put his hand inside his robe: and when he took it out it was like the hand of a leper, as white as snow. 7  And he said, Put your hand inside your robe again. (And he put his hand into his robe again, and when he took it out he saw that it had become like his other flesh.) 8  And if they do not have faith in you or give ear to the voice of the first sign, they will have faith in the second sign. 9  And if they have no faith even in these two signs and will not give ear to your voice, then you are to take the water of the Nile and put it on the dry land: and the water you take out of the river will become blood on the dry land.

10  And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not a man of words; I have never been so, and am not now, even after what you have said to your servant: for talking is hard for me, and I am slow of tongue. 11  And the Lord said to him, Who has made man's mouth? who takes away a man's voice or hearing, or makes him seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12  So go now, and I will be with your mouth, teaching you what to say. 13  And he said, O Lord, send, if you will, by the hand of anyone whom it seems good to you to send. 14  And the Lord was angry with Moses, and said, Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? To my knowledge he is good at talking. And now he is coming out to you: and when he sees you he will be glad in his heart. 15  Let him give ear to your voice, and you will put my words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and with his, teaching you what you have to do. 16  And he will do the talking for you to the people: he will be to you as a mouth and you will be to him as God. 17  And take in your hand this rod with which you will do the signs.

Moses Returns to Egypt

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  And the Lord said to Moses in Midian, Go back to Egypt, for all the men are dead who were attempting to take your life. 20  And Moses took his wife and his sons and put them on an ass and went back to the land of Egypt: and he took the rod of God in his hand. 21  And the Lord said to Moses, When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have given you power to do: but I will make his heart hard and he will not let the people go. 22  And you are to say to Pharaoh, The Lord says, Israel is the first of my sons: 23  And I said to you, Let my son go, so that he may give me worship; and you did not let him go: so now I will put the first of your sons to death.

24  Now on the journey, at the night's resting-place, the Lord came in his way and would have put him to death. 25  Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cutting off the skin of her son's private parts, and touching his feet with it, she said, Truly you are a husband of blood to me. 26  So he let him go. Then she said, You are a husband of blood because of the circumcision. 27  And the Lord said to Aaron, Go into the waste land and you will see Moses. So he went and came across Moses at the mountain of God, and gave him a kiss. 28  And Moses gave Aaron an account of all the words of the Lord which he had sent him to say, and of all the signs which he had given him orders to do. 29  Then Moses and Aaron went and got together all the chiefs of the children of Israel: 30  And Aaron said to them all the words the Lord had said to Moses, and did the signs before all the people. 31  And the people had faith in them; and hearing that the Lord had taken up the cause of the children of Israel and had seen their troubles, with bent heads they gave him worship.

Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh

5 1  And after that, Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and said, The Lord, the God of Israel, says, Let my people go so that they may keep a feast to me in the waste land. 2  And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, to whose voice I am to give ear and let Israel go? I have no knowledge of the Lord and I will not let Israel go.

3  And they said, The God of the Hebrews has come to us: let us then go three days' journey into the waste land to make an offering to the Lord our God, so that he may not send death on us by disease or the sword. 4  And the king of Egypt said to them, Why do you, Moses and Aaron, take the people away from their work? get back to your work. 5  And Pharaoh said, Truly, the people of the land are increasing in number, and you are keeping them back from their work. 6  The same day Pharaoh gave orders to the overseers and those who were responsible for the work, saying, 7  Give these men no more dry stems for their brick-making as you have been doing; let them go and get the material for themselves. 8  But see that they make the same number of bricks as before, and no less: for they have no love for work; and so they are crying out and saying, Let us go and make an offering to our God. 9  Give the men harder work, and see that they do it; let them not give attention to false words.

10  And the overseers of the people and their responsible men went out and said to the people, Pharaoh says, I will give you no more dry stems. 11  Go yourselves and get dry stems wherever you are able; for your work is not to be any less. 12  So the people were sent in all directions through the land of Egypt to get dry grass for stems. 13  And the overseers went on driving them and saying, Do your full day's work as before when there were dry stems for you. 14  And the responsible men of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh's overseers had put over them, were given blows, and they said to them, Why have you not done your regular work, in making bricks as before?

15  Then the responsible men of the children of Israel came to Pharaoh, protesting and saying, Why are you acting in this way to your servants? 16  They give us no dry stems and they say to us, Make bricks: and they give your servants blows; but it is your people who are in the wrong. 17  But he said, You have no love for work: that is why you say, Let us go and make an offering to the Lord. 18  Go now, get back to your work; no dry stems will be given to you, but you are to make the full number of bricks. 19  Then the responsible men of the children of Israel saw that they were purposing evil when they said, The number of bricks which you have to make every day will be no less than before. 20  And they came face to face with Moses and Aaron, who were in their way when they came out from Pharaoh: 21  And they said to them, May the Lord take note of you and be your judge; for you have given Pharaoh and his servants a bad opinion of us, putting a sword in their hands for our destruction.

The LORD's Charge to Moses and Aaron

22  And Moses went back to the Lord and said, Lord, why have you done evil to this people? why have you sent me? 23  For from the time when I came to Pharaoh to put your words before him, he has done evil to this people, and you have given them no help.

6 1  And the Lord said to Moses, Now you will see what I am about to do to Pharaoh; for by a strong hand he will be forced to let them go, driving them out of his land because of my outstretched arm. 2  And God said to Moses, I am Yahweh: 3  I let myself be seen by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God, the Ruler of all; but they had no knowledge of my name Yahweh. 4  And I made an agreement with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their wanderings. 5  And truly my ears are open to the cry of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep under their yoke; and I have kept in mind my agreement. 6  Say then to the children of Israel, I am Yahweh, and I will take you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians, and make you safe from their power, and will make you free by the strength of my arm after great punishments. 7  And I will take you to be my people and I will be your God; and you will be certain that I am the Lord your God, who takes you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 8  And I will be your guide into the land which I made an oath to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it to you for your heritage: I am Yahweh. 9  And Moses said these words to the children of Israel, but they gave no attention to him, because of the grief of their spirit and the cruel weight of their work.

10  And the Lord said to Moses, 11  Go in and say to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, that he is to let the children of Israel go out of his land. 12  And Moses, answering the Lord, said, See, the children of Israel will not give ear to me; how then will Pharaoh give ear to me, whose lips are unclean? 13  And the word of the Lord came to Moses and Aaron, with orders for the children of Israel and for Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to take the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

14  These are the heads of their fathers' families: the sons of Reuben the oldest son of Israel: Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi: these are the families of Reuben. 15  And the sons of Simeon: Jemuel and Jamin and Ohad and Jachin and Zohar and Shaul, the son of a woman of Canaan: these are the families of Simeon. 16  And these are the names of the sons of Levi in the order of their generations: Gershon and Kohath and Merari: and the years of Levi's life were a hundred and thirty-seven. 17  The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, in the order of their families. 18  And the sons of Kohath: Amram and Izhar and Hebron and Uzziel: and the years of Kohath's life were a hundred and thirty-three. 19  And the sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi: these are the families of the Levites, in the order of their generations. 20  And Amram took Jochebed, his father's sister, as wife; and she gave birth to Aaron and Moses: and the years of Amram's life were a hundred and thirty-seven. 21  And the sons of Izhar: Korah and Nepheg and Zichri. 22  And the sons of Uzziel: Mishael and Elzaphan and Sithri. 23  And Aaron took as his wife Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab, the sister of Nahshon; and she gave birth to Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 24  And the sons of Korah: Assir and Elkanah and Abiasaph: these are the families of the Korahites. 25  And Eleazar, Aaron's son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel; and she gave birth to Phinehas. These are the heads of the families of the Levites, in the order of their families. 26  These are the same Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said, Take the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt in their armies. 27  These are the men who gave orders to Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go out of Egypt: these are the same Moses and Aaron. 28  And on the day when the word of the Lord came to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29  The Lord said to Moses, I am the Lord: say to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, everything I am saying to you. 30  And Moses said to the Lord, My lips are unclean; how is it possible that Pharaoh will give me a hearing?

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