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God Promises Deliverance
22 Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people?(A) Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued(B) your people at all.”
2 God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord.(F) 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty,[a](G) but by my name(H) the Lord[b](I) I did not make myself fully known to them. 4 I also established my covenant(J) with them to give them the land(K) of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners.(L) 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning(M) of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.(N)
6 “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.(O) I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem(P) you with an outstretched arm(Q) and with mighty acts of judgment.(R) 7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God.(S) Then you will know(T) that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you to the land(U) I swore(V) with uplifted hand(W) to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.(X) I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”(Y)
9 Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.(Z)
Family Record of Moses and Aaron
13 Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron about the Israelites and Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he commanded them to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.(AE)
The sons of Reuben(AG) the firstborn son of Israel were Hanok and Pallu, Hezron and Karmi. These were the clans of Reuben.
15 The sons of Simeon(AH) were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. These were the clans of Simeon.
17 The sons of Gershon, by clans, were Libni and Shimei.(AL)
19 The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi.(AO)
These were the clans of Levi according to their records.
21 The sons of Izhar(AR) were Korah, Nepheg and Zikri.
22 The sons of Uzziel were Mishael, Elzaphan(AS) and Sithri.
24 The sons of Korah(AY) were Assir, Elkanah and Abiasaph. These were the Korahite clans.
25 Eleazar son of Aaron married one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas.(AZ)
These were the heads of the Levite families, clan by clan.
26 It was this Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said, “Bring the Israelites out of Egypt(BA) by their divisions.”(BB) 27 They were the ones who spoke to Pharaoh(BC) king of Egypt about bringing the Israelites out of Egypt—this same Moses and Aaron.(BD)
Aaron to Speak for Moses
28 Now when the Lord spoke to Moses in Egypt, 29 he said to him, “I am the Lord.(BE) Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I tell you.”
30 But Moses said to the Lord, “Since I speak with faltering lips,(BF) why would Pharaoh listen to me?”
7 Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God(BG) to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.(BH) 2 You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. 3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart,(BI) and though I multiply my signs and wonders(BJ) in Egypt, 4 he will not listen(BK) to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment(BL) I will bring out my divisions,(BM) my people the Israelites. 5 And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord(BN) when I stretch out my hand(BO) against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
Aaron’s Staff Becomes a Snake
10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers,(BT) and the Egyptian magicians(BU) also did the same things by their secret arts:(BV) 12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart(BW) became hard and he would not listen(BX) to them, just as the Lord had said.
The Plague of Blood
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding;(BY) he refuses to let the people go. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river.(BZ) Confront him on the bank of the Nile,(CA) and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake. 16 Then say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship(CB) me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened.(CC) 17 This is what the Lord says: By this you will know that I am the Lord:(CD) With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.(CE) 18 The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink;(CF) the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.’”(CG)
19 The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff(CH) and stretch out your hand(CI) over the waters of Egypt—over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs—and they will turn to blood.’ Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in vessels[e] of wood and stone.”
20 Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded.(CJ) He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile,(CK) and all the water was changed into blood.(CL) 21 The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt.
22 But the Egyptian magicians(CM) did the same things by their secret arts,(CN) and Pharaoh’s heart(CO) became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said. 23 Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart. 24 And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile to get drinking water(CP), because they could not drink the water of the river.
The Plague of Frogs
25 Seven days passed after the Lord struck the Nile.
The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like(D) a king who wanted to settle accounts(E) with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay,(F) the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold(G) to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him.(H) ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”(I)
3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife(M) for any and every reason?”
4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[d](N) 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[e]?(O) 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”(P)
8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”(Q)
10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”
11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.(R) 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd,(A) I lack nothing.(B)
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,(C)
3 he refreshes my soul.(D)
He guides me(E) along the right paths(F)
for his name’s sake.(G)
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a](H)
I will fear no evil,(I)
for you are with me;(J)
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.