16 Go and (A)gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, (B)“I have surely visited you and seen what is done to you in Egypt; 17 and I have said (C)I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey.” ’ 18 Then (D)they will heed your voice; and (E)you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt; and you shall say to him, ‘The Lord God of the Hebrews has (F)met with us; and now, please, let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I am sure that the king of Egypt (G)will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand. 20 So I will (H)stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with (I)all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and (J)after that he will let you go. 21 And (K)I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed.

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