God Hears Israel's Groaning

23 (A)During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel (B)groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. (C)Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And (D)God heard their groaning, and God (E)remembered his covenant with (F)Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God (G)saw the people of Israel—and God (H)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 (I)mountain of God. (J)And (K)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, (L)God called to him (M)out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; (N)take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, (O)“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 (P)he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, (Q)“I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their (R)taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and (S)I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and (T)to bring them up out of that land to a (U)good and broad land, a land (V)flowing with milk and honey, to the place of (W)the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, (X)the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the (Y)oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 (Z)Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, (AA)“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, (AB)“But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, (AC)you shall serve God on this mountain.”

13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”[a] And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: (AD)I am has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord,[b] the (AE)God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is (AF)my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

Footnotes

  1. Exodus 3:14 Or I am what I am, or I will be what I will be
  2. Exodus 3:15 The word Lord, when spelled with capital letters, stands for the divine name, YHWH, which is here connected with the verb hayah, “to be” in verse 14

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