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Exodus 4

Moses' rod is turned into a serpent.

Exodus 4:1 Moses answered, & sayde: Beholde, they shall not beleue me, ner heare my voyce, but shal saye: The LORDE hath not appeared vnto the. Exodus 4:2 The LORDE sayde vnto him: What is yt, that thou hast in thine hande? He saide a staff. Exodus 4:3 He sayde: Cast it from the vpon the grounde. And he cast it fro him: then was it turned to a serpent. And Moses fled fro it. Exodus 4:4 But ye LORDE saide vnto him: Stretch forth thine hande, & take it by the tayle. Then stretched he forth his hande, and toke it, and it became a staff agayne in his hande. Exodus 4:5 Therfore shal they beleue that ye LORDE God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac ye God of Iacob hath appeared vnto the.

His hand is leprous.

Exodus 4:6 And the LORDE sayde furthermore vnto him: Thrust thine hade in to yi bosome. And he thrust it in to his bosome, & toke it out: beholde, the was it leper like snowe. Exodus 4:7 And he saide: Put it in to yi bosome agayne. And he put it agayne in to his bosome, & toke it out: beholde, the was it turned againe as his flesh. Exodus 4:8 Yf they wil not beleue the, ner heare ye voyce of the first token, yet shal they beleue the voyce of the seconde token. Exodus 4:9 But yf they wil not beleue these two tokens ner heare thy voyce, then take of the water of the ryuer, and poure it vpon the drye londe: so shall the same water yt thou hast take out of ye ryuer, be turned vnto bloude vpo ye drye londe.

He is loath to be sent.

Exodus 4:10 But Moses sayde vnto the LORDE: Oh my LORDE, I am a man yt is not eloquet, from yesterdaye & yeryesterdaye, & sence the tyme yt thou hast spoken vnto thy seruaunt: for I haue a slowe speach, & a slowe tunge. Exodus 4:11 The LORDE sayde vnto him: Who hath made the mouth of man? Or who hath made the domme, or the deaf, or the seynge or ye blynde? Haue not I the LORDE done it? Exodus 4:12 Go now thy waye therfore, I wil be wt thy mouth, & teach the what thou shalt saye. Exodus 4:13 But Moses sayde: My LORDE, sende whom thou wilt sende.

Aaron is appointed to assist him.

Exodus 4:14 Then was the LORDE very angrie at Moses, and saide: Do not I knowe then, yt thy brother Aaron the Leuite is well spoken? And beholde, he shal go forth to mete ye: & whan he seyth the, he shal reioyse from his hert. Exodus 4:15 Thou shalt speake vnto him, & put the wordes in his mouth: & I wil be with thy mouth & his, and teach you what ye shall doo: Exodus 4:16 & he shall speake vnto the people for the. He shal be thy mouth, & thou shalt be his God. Exodus 4:17 And take in thine hande this staff, wherwith thou shalt do tokens.

Moses departeth from Jethro.

Exodus 4:18 Moses wete, and came agayne vnto Iethro his father in lawe, and sayde vnto him: Let me go (I praye the) that I maye turne agayne vnto my brethre, which are in Egipte, and se whether they be yet alyue. Iethro sayde vnto him: Go thy waye in peace. Exodus 4:19 The LORDE sayde also vnto him in Madian: Go yi waye, turne againe in to Egipte, for ye me are deed, that sought after thy life. Exodus 4:20 So Moses toke his wife, and his sonnes, and caried them vpon an Asse, & wente againe into the lande of Egipte, & toke the staff of God in his hande.

God's message to Pharaoh.

Exodus 4:21 And the LORDE saide vnto Moses: When thou comest agayne in to Egipte, se yt thou do all the wonders (before Pharao) which I haue put in yi hade. But I wil harde his hert, yt he shall not let the people go. Exodus 4:22 And thou shalt saie vnto Pharao: Thus sayeth ye LORDE: Israel is my first borne sonne, Exodus 4:23 & I saye vnto the: Let my sonne go, yt he maye serue me: Yf thou wilt not let him go, then wil I slaye thy firstborne sonne.

Zipporah circumciseth her son.

Exodus 4:24 And as he was by the waye in the Inne, the LORDE met him, and wolde haue slayne him. Exodus 4:25 Then toke Zipora a stone, and circumcyded the foreskynne of hir sonne, and touched his fete, and sayde: A bloudy brydegrome art thou vnto me. Exodus 4:26 The let he him go. But she sayde: A bloudy brydegrome, because of the circumcision.

Aaron is sent to meet Moses.

Exodus 4:27 And the LORDE sayde vnto Aaron: Go mete Moses in the wildernes. And he wete, & met him on the mount of God, and kyssed him. Exodus 4:28 And Moses tolde Aaron all the wordes of the LORDE, which had sent him: & all the tokens yt he had charged him with all.

Exodus 4:29 And they wete, & gathered all the elders of the childre of Israel. Exodus 4:30 And Aaron tolde all ye wordes, yt the LORDE had spoke vnto Moses: & dyd the tokens before the people,

The people believeth them.

Exodus 4:31 & the people beleued. And whan they herde yt the LORDE vysited the children of Israel, and loked vpon their trouble, they bowed them selues, and worshipped.

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