16 Go and gather the Elders of Israel together, and thou shalt say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob appeared unto me, and said, [a]I have surely remembered you, and that which is done to you in Egypt.

17 Therefore I did say, I will bring you 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 that floweth with milk and honey.

18 Then shall they obey my voice, and thou and the Elders of Israel shall go unto the King of Egypt, and say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath [b]met with us: we pray thee now therefore, let us go three days’ journey in the wilderness, that we may [c]sacrifice unto the Lord our God.

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  1. Exodus 3:16 Hebrew, in visiting have visited.
  2. Exodus 3:18 Or, appeared unto us.
  3. Exodus 3:18 Because Egypt was full of idolatry, God would appoint them a place where they should serve him purely.