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1Yahweh said to Moses, “Now you are going see what I will do to Pharaoh; for by a strong hand he will let them go, and by a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”

God Promises Freedom

2God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am Yahweh.
  3And I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name Yahweh I was not known to them.
  4I have also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their travels in which they lived as aliens.
  5Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians are keeping in slavery, and I have remembered my covenant.

6Therefore tell the children of Israel, ‘I am Yahweh, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you out of your slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.
  7And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God, and you will know that I am Yahweh your God, who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
  8I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And I will give it to you for a heritage. I am Yahweh.’”
  9Moses spoke so to the children of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses because of their broken spirit and because of the harsh slavery.

10Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
  11“Go in, speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.”

12Moses spoke before Yahweh, saying, “Behold, the children of Israel haven’t listened to me. How then will Pharaoh listen to me, who am of uncircumcised lips?”
  13Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron and gave them a command to the children of Israel and to Pharaoh king of Egypt: to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

Genealogy of Moses and Aaron

14These are the heads of their fathers’ houses:

 the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel:

 Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi;

 these are the families of Reuben.


The sons of Simeon:

 Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin,

 and Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman;

 these are the families of Simeon.


These are the names of the sons of Levi

 according to their descendants:

 Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari;

 and the years of the life of Levi were 137 years.


 17 The sons of Gershon:

 Libni and Shimei, according to their families.


 18 The sons of Kohath:

 Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel,

 and the years of the life of Kohath were 133 years.


 19 The sons of Merari:

 Mahli and Mushi.

 These are the families of the Levites

 according to their descendants.


 20 Amram took Jochebed his father’s sister to himself as wife,

 and she bore him Aaron and Moses,

 and the years of the life of Amram were 137 years.


 21 The sons of Izhar:

 Korah, and Nepheg, and Zichri.


 22 The sons of Uzziel:

 Mishael, and Elzaphan, and Sithri.


 23 Aaron took Elisheba,

 the daughter of Amminadab, the sister of Nahshon,

 as his wife,

 and she bore him Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.


 24 The sons of Korah:

 Assir, and Elkanah, and Abiasaph;

 these are the families of the Korahites.


 25 Eleazar, Aaron’s son,

 took one of the daughters of Putiel as his wife,

 and she bore him Phinehas.

 These are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites according to their families.


26These are that Aaron and Moses to whom Yahweh said, “Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies.”
  27These are those who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt. These are that Moses and Aaron.

Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh

28It came to pass on the day when Yahweh spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt
  29that Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “I am Yahweh; speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I speak to you.”

30Moses said before Yahweh, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. And how will Pharaoh listen to me?”

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