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Moses and the Burning Bush

1Now Moses was keeping the flock of Jethro, his father–in–law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to the mountain of God; to Horeb.
  2And the angel of Yahweh appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the middle of a bush. And he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
  3And Moses said, “I will turn aside now and see this great sight; why the bush is not burning up?”
 

4When Yahweh saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the middle of the bush and said, “Moses! Moses!”

And he said, “Here I am.”
 

5Then he said, “Do not come close. Take your sandals off of your feet, for the place you are standing on is holy ground.”
  6Moreover he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
 

7Then Yahweh 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 suffering.
  8I 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 spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite.
  9And now, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to me. Moreover I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.
  10So now go; and I will send you to Pharaoh so that you can bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
 

11But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
 

12And he said, “Certainly I will be with you. This will be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will all serve God on this mountain.”
 

13Then Moses said to God, “Behold, if I go to the children of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What should I tell them?”
 

14And God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “You are to tell the children of Israel this: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
  15Furthermore, God said to Moses, “Tell the children of Israel this: ‘Yahweh, the 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 how I am to be remembered, my memorial to all generations.
 

16“Go and gather the elders of Israel together and tell them, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have surely visited you and seen what is done to you in Egypt,
  17and I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’
  18They will listen to your voice, and you must go, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt and you must tell him, ‘Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; now please let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to Yahweh our God.’
 

19“I know that the king of Egypt will not give you permission to go, no, unless compelled by a mighty hand.
  20So I will reach out my hand and strike Egypt with all my wonders that I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go.
  21And I will give this people favor in the eyes of the Egyptians, and it will happen that when you go, you will not go empty-handed,
  22but every woman is to ask of her neighbor and of her who visits her house jewels of silver, jewels of gold, and clothing. And you will put them on your sons and on your daughters, and you will plunder the Egyptians.”
 


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