2 Then God spoke to Moses, telling him, “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but I was not known to them by my name ‘the Lord.’A,a 4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land they lived in as aliens.b 5 Furthermore, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are forcing to work as slaves, and I have rememberedc my covenant.
6 “Therefore tell the Israelites: I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from the forced labor of the Egyptians and rescue you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched armd and great acts of judgment. 7 I will take you as my people,e and I will be your God. You will knowf that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from the forced labor of the Egyptians. 8 I will bring you to the land that I sworeB,g to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.”
Lord (in small capitals) stands for the personal name of God, which in Hb is Yahweh. There is a long tradition of substituting “Lord” for “Yahweh” out of reverence.
Lit raised my hand