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Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt;. 8 And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds they left in the land of Goshen. 12 And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them.
14 And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father. 15 And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, 16 They sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him; 19 And said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me: but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them. 24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land, unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones. from hence. 26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
CHAP. I. Israel is oppressed.
8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. 9 And he said, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we. 11 Therefore they did set over them task masters to afflict them with their burdens. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. 13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: 14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour. 22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.
Moses is born.
A MAN of the house of Levi took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman bare a son, and hid him three months. 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and put the child therein; and laid it in the flags by the river's brink. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.. 5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and when she saw the ark among the, flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him. 7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse
of the Hebrew women? 8 And Pharaoh's daughter said, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. 9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses.
God commissions Moses.
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian : 2 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. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned. 4 And God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here am I. 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet; for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 7 I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry, by reason of their task masters; 8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land, unto a good land, and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.
10 Come now, therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt. 13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto
the children of Israel, and shall say unto them,
CHAP. IV. Moses is sent to Pharaoh.
AND Moses 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. 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. 10 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent; but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. 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? 14 Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. 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.
Pharaoh is hardened.
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. 2 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. 3 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. 4 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. 6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the task masters of the people, and their officers, saying, 9 Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.
CHAP VI. God's promise renewed.
THEN the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh. 6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and Iwill rid you out of their bondage; and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments. 7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God. 8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage I am the Lord.