Exodus 3

Moses and the Burning Bush

(1) Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

(2) Then the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush, and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, but the bush was not consumed.

(3) So Moses said, "I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt."

(4) When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him from the midst of the bush, and said, "Moses, Moses." And he said, "Here I am."

(5) And he said, "Do not come near here. Take your shoes off from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."

(6) He said also, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

The LORD has Seen the affliction of His People

(7) The LORD said, "I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.

(8) So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and a large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

(9) Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.

The God Calls Moses To Free His People

(10) Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring forth my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."

(11) Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?"

(12) Then God said, "Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be a sign unto you, that I have sent you. When you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, YOU shall serve God on this mountain.

(13) Moses said to God, "Behold, when I come to the children of Israel, and shall say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they shall say to me, 'What is his name?' What shall I say to them?"

(14) God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM," and he said, "Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, "I AM has sent me to you."

(15) God said again to Moses, "Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, 'The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name forever, and this is my memorial to all generations.'

(16) Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, 'The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, "I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt.

(17) And I have said, 'I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey."'

(18) They shall listen to your voice, and you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt, and YOU shall say to him, 'The LORD God of the Hebrews has met with us, and now we implore you to let us go three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.'

God Will Strikez Egypt With all His Wonders

(19) I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.

(20) So I will stretch out my hand, and strike Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst of it, and after that he will let you go.

(21) I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, and it shall come to pass, that, when YOU go, YOU shall not go empty-handed.

(22) But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, and of her that dwells in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and clothing, and YOU shall put them on your sons, and on your daughters, and YOU shall plunder the Egyptians.

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