God reassures Moses
1The LORD replied to Moses, "Now you will see what I’ll do to Pharaoh. In fact, he’ll be so eager to let them go that he’ll drive them out of his land by force."
2God also said to Moses: "I am the LORD. 3I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty,#Heb El Shaddai or God of the Mountain but I didn’t reveal myself to them by my name ‘The LORD.’ 4I also set up my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan where they lived as immigrants. 5I’ve also heard the cry of grief of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians have turned into slaves, and I’ve remembered my covenant. 6Therefore, say to the Israelites, ‘I am the LORD. I’ll bring you out from Egyptian forced labor. I’ll rescue you from your slavery to them. I’ll set you free with great power and with momentous events of justice. 7I’ll take you as my people, and I’ll be your God. You will know that I, the LORD, am your God, who has freed you from Egyptian forced labor. 8I’ll bring you into the land that I promised to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I’ll give it to you as your possession. I am the LORD.’" 9Moses told this to the Israelites. But they didn’t listen to Moses, because of their complete exhaustion and their hard labor.
10Then the LORD said to Moses, 11"Go and tell Pharaoh, Egypt’s king, to let the Israelites out of his land."
12But Moses said to the LORD, "The Israelites haven’t even listened to me. How can I expect Pharaoh to listen to me, especially since I’m not a very good speaker?" 13Nevertheless, the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron about the Israelites and Pharaoh, Egypt’s king, giving them orders to let the Israelites go from the land of Egypt.
Family line of Moses and Aaron
14These were the leaders of their households.
The descendants of Reuben, Israel’s oldest son: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
These were Reuben’s clans. 15The Simeonites: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, a Canaanite woman’s son. These were Simeon’s clans.
16These were the Levites’ names by their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. Levi lived 137 years. 17The Gershonites: Libni and Shimei and their clans. 18The Kohathites: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. Kohath lived 133 years. 19The Merarites: Mahli and Mushi. These were the Levite clans by their generations.
20Amram married Jochebed, his father’s sister. She gave birth to Aaron and Moses. Amram lived 137 years. 21The Izharites: Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri. 22The Uzzielites: Mishael, Elzaphan, and Sithri. 23Aaron married Elisheba, Amminadab’s daughter and Nahshon’s sister. She gave birth to Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 24The Korahites: Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph. These were the Korahite clans. 25Aaron’s son Eleazar married one of Putiel’s daughters. She gave birth to Phinehas. These were the leaders of Levite households by their clans.
26It was this same Aaron and Moses whom the LORD commanded, "Bring the Israelites out of the land of Egypt in military formation." 27It was also this same Moses and Aaron who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.
28At the time the LORD spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29the LORD said to him, "I am the LORD. Tell Pharaoh, Egypt’s king, everything that I’ve said to you."
30But Moses replied to the LORD, "Look, I’m not a very good speaker. How is Pharaoh ever going to listen to me?"