Signs for Moses
1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they
will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they
will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand?
And he said, A rod.
3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on
the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from
4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and
take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught
it, and it became a rod in his hand:
5 That they may believe that the LORD God of their
fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God
of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine
hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and
when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And
he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of
his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other
8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe
thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that
they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe
also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that
thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon
the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the
river shall become blood upon the dry land.
10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my LORD, I am not
eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken
unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow
11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth?
or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the
blind? have not I the LORD?
12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and
teach thee what thou shalt say.
13 And he said, O my LORD, send, I pray thee, by the hand
of him whom thou wilt send.
14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses,
and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know
that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to
meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his
15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his
mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and
will teach you what ye shall do.
16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he
shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and
thou shalt be to him instead of God.
17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith
thou shalt do signs.
Moses Returns to Egypt
18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his
father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee,
and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see
whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in
19 And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return
into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.
20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them
upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses
took the rod of God in his hand.
21 And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to
return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before
Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden
his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD,
Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve
me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay
thy son, even thy firstborn.
24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the
LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the
foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said,
Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou
art, because of the circumcision.
27 And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to
meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God,
and kissed him.
28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had
sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.
29 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the
elders of the children of Israel:
30 And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had
spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the
31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the
LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had
looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads