1Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to the king of Egypt. I will use my great power against him, and he will let my people go. Because of my power, he will force them out of his country.”
2Then God said to Moses, “I am the Lord. 3I appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by the name, God All-Powerful. But they did not know me by my name, the Lord. 4I also made my agreement with them to give them the land of Canaan. They lived in that land, but it was not their own land. 5Now I have heard the cries of the Israelites. The Egyptians are treating them as slaves. And I remember my agreement. 6So tell the people of Israel that I say to them, ‘I am the Lord. I will save you from the hard work the Egyptians force you to do. I will make you free. You will not be slaves to the Egyptians. I will free you by my great power. And I will punish the Egyptians terribly. 7I will make you my own people, and I will be your God. You will know that I am the Lord your God. I am the One who saves you from the hard work the Egyptians force you to do. 8I will lead you to the land that I promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I will give you that land to own. I am the Lord.’”
9So Moses told this to the people of Israel. But they would not listen to him. They were discouraged, and their slavery was hard.
10Then the Lord said to Moses, 11“Go tell the king of Egypt that he must let the Israelites leave his land.”
12But Moses answered, “The Israelites will not listen to me. So surely the king will not listen to me, either. I am not a good speaker.”
13But the Lord told Moses and Aaron to talk to the king. He commanded them to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
Families of Israel
14These are the leaders of the families of Israel:
Israel’s first son, Reuben, had four sons. They were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron and Carmi. These are the family groups of Reuben.
15Simeon’s sons were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul. Shaul was the son of a Canaanite woman. These are the family groups of Simeon.
16Levi lived 137 years. These are the names of his sons according to their family history: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.
17Gershon had two sons, Libni and Shimei, with their families.
18Kohath lived 133 years. The sons of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.
19The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi.
These are the family groups of Levi, according to their family history.
20Amram married his father’s sister Jochebed. Jochebed gave birth to Aaron and Moses. Amram lived 137 years.
21Izhar’s sons were Korah, Nepheg and Zicri.
22Uzziel’s sons were Mishael, Elzaphan and Sithri.
23Aaron married Elisheba. She was the daughter of Amminadab and the sister of Nahshon. Elisheba gave birth to Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
24The sons of Korah were Assir, Elkanah and Abiasaph. These are the family groups of the Korahites.
25Eleazar son of Aaron married a daughter of Putiel. And she gave birth to Phinehas.
These are the leaders of the family groups of the Levites.
26This was the Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord spoke. He said, “Lead my people out of Israel in their divisions.” 27Aaron and Moses are the ones who talked to the king of Egypt. They told him to let the people of Israel leave Egypt.
God Repeats His Call to Moses
28The Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt. 29He said, “I am the Lord. Tell the king of Egypt everything I tell you.”
30But Moses answered, “I am not a good speaker. The king will not listen to me.”