21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter (A)Zipporah. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he called his name (B)Gershom, for he said, “I have been a (C)sojourner[a] in a foreign land.”

God Hears Israel's Groaning

23 (D)During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel (E)groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. (F)Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And (G)God heard their groaning, and God (H)remembered his covenant with (I)Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God (J)saw the people of Israel—and God (K)knew.

The Burning Bush

Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the (L)mountain of God. (M)And (N)the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, (O)God called to him (P)out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; (Q)take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, (R)“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for (S)he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, (T)“I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their (U)taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and (V)I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and (W)to bring them up out of that land to a (X)good and broad land, a land (Y)flowing with milk and honey, to the place of (Z)the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

Footnotes

  1. Exodus 2:22 Gershom sounds like the Hebrew for sojourner

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