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1But the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, yea, with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”

2And God said to Moses, “I am the Lord. 3I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them. 4I also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they dwelt as sojourners. 5Moreover I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold in bondage and I have remembered my covenant. 6Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment, 7and I will take you for my people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord.’ ” 9Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel; but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and their cruel bondage.

10And the Lord said to Moses, 11“Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land.” 12But Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me; how then shall Pharaoh listen to me, who am a man of uncircumcised lips?” 13But the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, and gave them a charge to the people of Israel and to Pharaoh king of Egypt to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

14These are the heads of their fathers’ houses: the sons of Reuben, the first-born of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi; these are the families of Reuben. 15The sons of Simeon: Jemuʹel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman; these are the families of Simeon. 16These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merarʹi, the years of the life of Levi being a hundred and thirty-seven years. 17The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shime-i, by their families. 18The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzʹziel, the years of the life of Kohath being a hundred and thirty-three years. 19The sons of Merarʹi: Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to their generations. 20Amram took to wife Jochʹebed his father’s sister and she bore him Aaron and Moses, the years of the life of Amram being one hundred and thirty-seven years. 21The sons of Izhar: Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri. 22And the sons of Uzʹziel: Miʹsha-el, Elzaʹphan, and Sithri. 23Aaron took to wife Eliʹsheba, the daughter of Amminʹadab and the sister of Nahshon; and she bore him Nadab, Abiʹhu, Eleaʹzar, and Ithʹamar. 24The sons of Korah: Assir, Elkaʹnah, and Abiʹasaph; these are the families of the Koʹrahites. 25Eleaʹzar, Aaron’s son, took to wife one of the daughters of Puʹti-el; and she bore him Phinʹehas. These are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites by their families.

26These are the Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said: “Bring out the people of Israel from the land of Egypt by their hosts.” 27It was they who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt about bringing out the people of Israel from Egypt, this Moses and this Aaron.

28On the day when the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29the Lord said to Moses, “I am the Lord; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.” 30But Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips; how then shall Pharaoh listen to me?”

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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