Moses at the Burning Bush
1Now Moses was tending the flock of ⚓Jethro his father-in-law, ⚓the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to ⚓Horeb, ⚓the mountain of God.
2And ⚓the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
3Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this ⚓great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
4So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called ⚓to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
5Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. ⚓Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”
6Moreover He said, ⚓“I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for ⚓he was afraid to look upon God.
7And the Lord said: ⚓“I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry ⚓because of their taskmasters, ⚓for I know their sorrows.
8So ⚓I have come down to ⚓deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to ⚓a good and large land, to a land ⚓flowing with milk and honey, to the place of ⚓the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.
9Now therefore, behold, ⚓the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the ⚓oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
10⚓Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
11But Moses said to God, ⚓“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
12So He said, ⚓“I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a ⚓sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
13Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”
14And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ⚓‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
15Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is⚓My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’
16Go and ⚓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, ⚓“I have surely visited you and seen what is done to you in Egypt;
17and I have said ⚓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.” ’
18Then ⚓they will heed your voice; and ⚓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 ⚓met with us; and now, please, let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’
19But I am sure that the king of Egypt ⚓will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand.
20So I will ⚓stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with ⚓all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and ⚓after that he will let you go.
21And ⚓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.
22⚓But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, ⚓articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So ⚓you shall plunder the Egyptians.”