And he said, “A staff.”
3And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a snake, and Moses ran from it.
4But Yahweh said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and take it by the tail.” So he stretched out his hand and took hold of it, and it became a staff in his hand.
5“This is so that they may believe that Yahweh the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”
6Yahweh said furthermore to him, “Now put your hand inside your cloak.” He put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, as white as snow.
7Then he said, “Put your hand inside your cloak again.” So he put his hand inside his cloak again, and when he took it out of his cloak, behold, it was restored again as his other flesh.
8“It will happen if they will not believe you, or listen to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the second sign.
9It will happen if they will not believe even these two signs, nor listen to your voice, that you are to take of the water of the river and pour it on the dry land. The water that you take out of the river will become blood on the dry land.”
11Yahweh said to him, “Who made man’s mouth? Or who makes one mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, Yahweh?
12Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to say.”
14Then the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Moses and he said, “What about Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Also, behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.
15You will speak to him and put the words in his mouth. I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you what you are to do.
16He will be your spokesman to the people, and it will happen that he is to be to you a mouth, and you will be to him as God.
17And you are to take this staff in your hand, with which you will do the signs.”
And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.”
19Now Yahweh had said to Moses in Midian, “Go return to Egypt, for all the men who sought your life are dead.”
20So Moses took his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the staff of God in his hand.
21And Yahweh said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the wonders that I have put in your hand. But I will harden his heart, and he will not let the people go.
22And you will tell Pharaoh, ‘This is what Yahweh says: Israel is my son, my firstborn,
23and I have said to you, “Let my son go, that he may serve me.” But you have refused to let him go. Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn.’”
24It came to pass on the road, at a lodging place, that Yahweh met Moses and wanted to kill him.
25Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off the foreskin of her son and threw it at Moses’ feet and she said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me.”
26So he let him alone. At that time she said, “a bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.
27And Yahweh said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went and met him on the mountain of God and kissed him.
28And Moses told Aaron all the words of Yahweh with which he had sent him, and all the signs with which he had instructed him.
29Then Moses went, and Aaron, and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel.
30And Aaron spoke all the words that Yahweh had spoken to Moses, and he did the signs in the sight of the people.
31And the people believed; and when they heard that Yahweh had visited the children of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.