4 Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ”
He said, “A rod.”
3 And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), 5 “that they may abelieve that the bLord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”
6 Furthermore the Lord said to him, “Now put your hand in your bosom.” And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, clike snow. 7 And He said, “Put your hand in your bosom again.” So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, dit was restored like his other flesh. 8 “Then it will be, if they do not believe you, nor heed the message of the efirst sign, that they may believe the message of the latter sign. 9 And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from 1the river and pour it on the dry land. fThe water which you take from the river will become blood on the dry land.”
11 So the Lord said to him, h“Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be iwith your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”
13 But he said, “O my Lord, jplease send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”
14 So kthe anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and He said: “Is not Aaron the Levite your lbrother? I know that he can speak well. And look, mhe is also coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 Now nyou shall speak to him and oput the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and pI will teach you what you shall do. 16 So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and qyou shall be to him as God. 17 And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.”
18 So Moses went and returned to rJethro his father-in-law, and said to him, “Please let me go and return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see whether they are still alive.”
And Jethro said to Moses, s“Go in peace.”
19 Now the Lord said to Moses in tMidian, “Go, return to uEgypt; for vall the men who sought your life are dead.” 20 Then Moses wtook his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. And Moses took xthe rod of God in his hand.
21 And the Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do all those ywonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But zI will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. 22 Then you shall asay to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord: b“Israel is My son, cMy firstborn. 23 So I say to you, let My son go that he may serve Me. But if you refuse to let him go, indeed dI will kill your son, your firstborn.” ’ ”
24 And it came to pass on the way, at the eencampment, that the Lord fmet him and sought to gkill him. 25 Then hZipporah took ia sharp stone and cut off the foreskin of her son and 3cast it at 4Moses’ feet, and said, “Surely you are a husband of blood to me!” 26 So He let him go. Then she said, “You are a 5husband of blood!”—because of the circumcision.
27 And the Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness jto meet Moses.” So he went and met him on kthe mountain of God, and kissed him. 28 So Moses ltold Aaron all the words of the Lord who had sent him, and all the msigns which He had commanded him. 29 Then Moses and Aaron nwent and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel. 30 oAnd Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had spoken to Moses. Then he did the signs in the sight of the people. 31 So the people pbelieved; and when they heard that the Lord had qvisited the children of Israel and that He rhad looked on their affliction, then sthey bowed their heads and worshiped.
heavy or dull of tongue; cannot talk very well
Lit. made it touch