14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[a] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am(A) has sent me to you.’”

15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,[b] the God of your fathers(B)—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob(C)—has sent me to you.’

“This is my name(D) forever,
    the name you shall call me
    from generation to generation.(E)

16 “Go, assemble the elders(F) of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob(G)—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen(H) what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt(I) into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’(J)

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 3:14 Or I will be what I will be
  2. Exodus 3:15 The Hebrew for Lord sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for I am in verse 14.

God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord.(A) I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty,[a](B) but by my name(C) the Lord[b](D) I did not make myself fully known to them. I also established my covenant(E) with them to give them the land(F) of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners.(G) Moreover, I have heard the groaning(H) of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.(I)

“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.(J) I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem(K) you with an outstretched arm(L) and with mighty acts of judgment.(M) I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God.(N) Then you will know(O) that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land(P) I swore(Q) with uplifted hand(R) to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.(S) I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”(T)

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 6:3 Hebrew El-Shaddai
  2. Exodus 6:3 See note at 3:15.