17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it."

Other Translations of Exodus 4:17

King James Version

17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.

English Standard Version

17 And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs."

The Message

17 Now take this staff in your hand; you'll use it to do the signs."

New King James Version

17 And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs."

New Living Translation

17 And take your shepherd's staff with you, and use it to perform the miraculous signs I have shown you."

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Exodus 4:17

Commentary on Exodus 4:10-17

(Read Exodus 4:10-17)

Moses continued backward to the work God designed him for; there was much of cowardice, slothfulness, and unbelief in him. We must not judge of men by the readiness of their discourse. A great deal of wisdom and true worth may be with a slow tongue. God sometimes makes choice of those as his messengers, who have the least of the advantages of art or nature, that his grace in them may appear the more glorious. Christ's disciples were no orators, till the Holy Spirit made them such. God condescends to answer the excuse of Moses. Even self-diffidence, when it hinders us from duty, or clogs us in duty, is very displeasing to the Lord. But while we blame Moses for shrinking from this dangerous service, let us ask our own hearts if we are not neglecting duties more easy, and less perilous. The tongue of Aaron, with the head and heart of Moses, would make one completely fit for this errand. God promises, I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth. Even Aaron, who could speak well, yet could not speak to purpose, unless God gave constant teaching and help; for without the constant aid of Divine grace, the best gifts will fail.