1 And Moses answered and said, But suppose they will not believe, nor listen to my
voice; suppose they say, Jehovah has not appeared to you.
2 And Jehovah said to him, What is that in your hand? He said, A staff.
3 And He said, Throw it on the ground. So he threw it on the ground, and it became a
serpent; and Moses fled before it.
4 And Jehovah said to Moses, Stretch out your hand and take it by the tail; and he
stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand;
5 that they may believe that Jehovah the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the
God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.
6 Furthermore Jehovah said to him, Now put your hand into your bosom. And he put his
hand into his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, like snow.
7 And He said, Put your hand back into your bosom. So he put his hand back into his
bosom, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, it was restored like his other flesh.
8 And it shall come to pass when they do not believe, nor heed the voice of the first sign,
that perhaps they will believe the voice of the subsequent sign.
9 And it shall come to pass when they do not believe even these two signs, nor listen to
your voice, that you shall take water from the river and pour it on the dry land. And the
water which you take from the river shall become blood on the dry land.
10 And Moses said to Jehovah, O my Lord, I am not a man of words, neither formerly in
times past nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I have a heavy mouth and a dull
11 And Jehovah said to him, Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes the mute, the
deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Is it not I, Jehovah?
12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.
13 And he said, O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever You may send.
14 And the anger of Jehovah burned against Moses, and He said: Is not Aaron the Levite
your brother? I know that he can form words to speak. And behold, he is also coming out
to meet you; and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.
15 And you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your
mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do.
16 And he shall speak for you to the people. And he shall be as a mouth for you, and you
shall be to him as God.
17 And you shall take this staff in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.
18 So Moses went and returned to Jethro 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, Go in peace.
19 And Jehovah said to Moses in Midian, Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought
your life are dead.
20 And Moses took his wife and his sons and mounted them on a donkey, and he returned
to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the staff of God in his hand.
21 And Jehovah said to Moses, When you go back to Egypt, see that you do all those
wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. And I will harden his heart, so that
he will not let the people go.
22 And you shall say to Pharaoh, Thus says Jehovah: Israel is My son, My firstborn.
23 And I say unto you, Let My son go that he may serve Me. And if you refuse to let him
go, behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn.
24 And it came to pass on the way, at the lodging place, that Jehovah met him and
sought to kill him.
25 And Zipporah took a flint and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it at his feet, and
said, Surely 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
27 And Jehovah said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. So he went and
met him on the mountain of God, and kissed him.
28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of Jehovah who had sent him, and all the signs
which He had commanded him.
29 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the sons of Israel.
30 And Aaron spoke all the words which Jehovah had spoken to Moses. And he did the
signs in the eyes of the people.
31 And the people believed. And when they heard that Jehovah had visited the children of
Israel and that He had given attention to their affliction, they bowed down and prostrated