Matthew Bible

Exodus 4

Moses' rod is turned into a serpent.

Exodus 4:1 Moyses answered and said: Se, they wil not beleue me, nor herken vnto my voice: but wil say the Lord hath not appeared to the. Exodus 4:2 Then the Lord sayed vnto hym: what is that in thyne hand? and he said a rodde. Exodus 4:3 And he sayd cast it on the grounde, and it turned into a serpente. And Moyses ranne away from it. Exodus 4:4 And the Lord sayd vnto Moyses, put forth thyne hand & take it by the tayle. And he put forth hys hand & caught it, and it became a rodde agayne in his hand, Exodus 4:5 that they may beleue that the Lorde God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the god of Isaac, and the God of Iacob hathe appeared vnto the.

His hand is leprous.

Exodus 4:6 And the Lord sayd furthermore vnto him thruste thyne hand into thy bosome. And he thrust hys hand into hys bosome and toke it out. And behold, his hand was leperous euen as snowe. Exodus 4:7 And he sayed: put thyne hand into thy bosome agayne. And he put his hande into hys bosome agayne, and plucked it oute his bosome, & behold, it was turned agayne as his other flesh. Exodus 4:8 If they wyl not beleue the neither hear the voyce of the firste token: yet wyll they beleue the voyce of the second token. Exodus 4:9 But and if they wyll not beleue the two sygnes, neyther herken vnto thy voyce, then take of the water of the riuer and poure it vpon the dry land. And the water which thou takest out of the ryuer shall turne to bloude vpon the drye land.

He is loath to be sent.

Exodus 4:10 And Moses sayed vnto the Lorde: oh my Lorde I am not eloquent, no not in tymes past, and namely sence thou hast spoken vnto thy seruaunt: but I am slowe mouthed, and slow tonged. Exodus 4:11 And the Lord sayed vnto hym: who hath made mans mouthe, or who hath made the dombe or the deaffe, the seynge or the blind? haue not I the Lord? Exodus 4:12 Go therfore and I wilbe with thy mouth, and teach the what thou shalte saye. Exodus 4:13 But he sayed: oh my Lord, send I pray the whom thou wylt.

Aaron is appointed to assist him.

Exodus 4:14 And the lord was angry with Moyses and said: I knowe Aaron thy brother the Leuite that he can speake. And more ouer behold, he cometh to mete the, & when he seeth the he wyll be glade in hys herte. Exodus 4:15 And thou shalt speake vnto hym and put the wordes in his mouth, and I wylbe wyth thy mouth and wyth his mouth, and wyl teach you what ye shall do. Exodus 4:16 And he shal be thy spokesman vnto the people he shall be thy mouth, & thou shalt be hys God: Exodus 4:17 and take thys rodde in thy hande, wherwyth thou shalt do myracles.

Moses departeth from Jethro.

Exodus 4:18 And Moyses wente & returned to Iethro hys father in law againe and said vnto him, lette me goo (I pray the) & turne agayne vnto my brethren which are in Egypte, that I mai se whether they be yet aliue. And Iethro said to Moyses: goo in peace. Exodus 4:19 And the Lorde said vnto Moses in Madian: returne agayne into Egypt for they are dead whych wente about to kil the. Exodus 4:20 And Moyses toke his wyfe and his sonnes, and put them on an asse and wente agayne to Egypte, and toke the rodde of God in his hande.

God's message to Pharaoh.

Exodus 4:21 And the Lorde sayd vnto Moyses: when thou art come in to Egypte ogayne, see that thou do al the wonders before Pharao which I haue put in thy hand: but I wyl harden his herte, so that he shal not lette the people go. Exodus 4:22 And tel Pharao, thus sayeth the Lorde: Israel is myne eldest sonne, Exodus 4:23 and therfore sayth vnto the let my sonne go, that he maye serue me. If thou wylt not lette him go: behold, I wyl slea thyne eldest sonne.

Zipporah circumciseth her son.

Exodus 4:24 And it chaunced by the way in the ynne, that the Lord mett hym & woulde haue kylled him. Exodus 4:25 Then Zephora toke a stone & circumcised hyr sonne & fell at hys fete, and sayed: a bloudy husband art thou vnto me. Exodus 4:26 And he lette him go. She sayed a blouddy husbande bicause of the circumcision.

Aaron is sent to meet Moses.

Exodus 4:27 Then sayed the Lord vnto Aaron: go mete Moses in þe wildernes. And he went & mett hym in the mount of God & kissed him. Exodus 4:28 And Moses told Aaron al the wordes of the Lord which he had sent by hym, & all the tokens which he had charged hym withall.

Exodus 4:29 So went Moses & Aaron and gathered all the elders of the chyldren of Israell. Exodus 4:30 And Aaron told al the wordes whych the Lorde had spoken vnto Moses, & did the myracles in the syght of the people,

The people believeth them.

Exodus 4:31 & þe people beleued. And when they hearde that the Lord had visited the children of Israell and had loked vpon their tribulation they bowed them selues and worshypped.

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