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back side of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
And Moses said :-"I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.” And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said :"Moses, Moses." And he said: "Here I am." And He said :-“Draw not nigh hither : put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” Moreover He said :—“I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob."
And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look
And the Lord said :-“I have surely seen the affliction of My people, which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of the land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey;' unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and
6. Mt. Sinai, in the peninsula between the two northern arms of 'the Red Sea.
7. Milk and Honey were the greatest luxuries the desert dwellers could imagine. The cattle of nomads seldom yield milk; while honey was the only sweet known to the ancient world.
the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto Me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth My people the children of Israel out of Egypt.”
And Moses said unto God :-“Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
And he said: "Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.”
And Moses said unto God: “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His name? what shall I say unto them?” And God said unto Moses :-“I AM THAT I AM:” and He said :-“Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."
And God said moreover unto Moses :—“Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you. This is My name for ever, and this is My memorial unto all generations. Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob,
appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt: and I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.
And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. And I will stretch out My hand, and smite Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go. And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty : but every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and you shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ve shall spoil the Egyptians.”
Study Outline Study, Notes 12 and 13.
ISRAEL IN EGYPT
And afterward Moses and Aaron' went in and told Pharaoh :-"Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let My people go, that they may hold a feast unto Me in the wilderness."
And Pharaoh said: "Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go."
And they said :—“The God of the Hebrews hath met with us : let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the Lord our God; lest He fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.”
And the king of Egypt said unto them :-"Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.” And Pharaoh said :-“Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens." And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying :-“Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for them
1. Moses' brother and coadjutor.
selves. And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God. Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.”
And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people saying :"Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw. ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished.” So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
And the taskmasters hasted them, saying :-“Fulfill your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.” And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded :—“Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and today, as heretofore?”
Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cred unto Pharaoh, saying "Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants? There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.”
But he said :—“Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the Lord. Go there
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