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Exodus 5:22–6:13

22 And Moses returned to Yahweh and said, “Lord, why have you brought trouble to this people? Why ever did you send me? 23 And from the time I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble to this people, and you have certainly not delivered your people.”

Yahweh Discusses His Name and Israel’s Future

6 And Yahweh said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh, because with a strong hand he will release them, and with a strong hand he will drive them out from his land.”

And God spoke to Moses, and he said to him, “I am Yahweh. And I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Shaddai,a but by my name Yahweh I was not known to them. And I not only established my covenant with them to give to them the land of Canaan, the land of their sojournings, in which they dwelt as aliens, but also I myself heard the groaning of the Israelites,b whom the Egyptians are making to work, and I remembered my covenant. Therefore say to the Israelites,c ‘I am Yahweh, and I will bring you out from under the forced labord of Egypt, and I will deliver you from their slavery, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great punishments. And I will take you as my people,e and I will be your God,f and you will know that I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out from under the forced laborg of Egypt. And I will bring you to the land that I sworeh to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, and I will give it to you as a possession. I am Yahweh.”

And Moses spoke thus to the Israelites,i but they did not listen to Moses, because of discouragementj and because of hard work.

10 And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 11 “Go, speak to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and let him release the Israelitesk from his land.” 12 And Moses spoke before Yahweh, saying, “Look, the Israelitesl do not listen to me, and how will Pharaoh listen to me, since I am a poor speaker?”m 13 And Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, and he commanded them to go to the Israelitesn and to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, to bring the Israeliteso out from the land of Egypt.

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