Exodus 4
Coverdale Bible of 1535 Par ▾ 

Moses’ Staff

1Moses answered, & sayde: Beholde, they shall not beleue me, ner heare my voyce, but shal saye: The LORDE hath not appeared vnto the. 2The LORDE sayde vnto him: What is yt, that thou hast in thine hande? He saide a staff. 3He sayde: Cast it from the vpon the grounde. And he cast it fro him: then was it turned to a serpent. And Moses fled fro it. 4But ye LORDE saide vnto him: Stretch forth thine hande, & take it by the tayle. Then stretched he forth his hande, and toke it, and it became a staff agayne in his hande. 5Therfore shal they beleue that ye LORDE God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac ye God of Iacob hath appeared vnto the.

Moses’ Hand

6And the LORDE sayde furthermore vnto him: Thrust thine hade in to yi bosome. And he thrust it in to his bosome, & toke it out: beholde, the was it leper like snowe. 7And he saide: Put it in to yi bosome agayne. And he put it agayne in to his bosome, & toke it out: beholde, the was it turned againe as his flesh. 8Yf they wil not beleue the, ner heare ye voyce of the first token, yet shal they beleue the voyce of the seconde token. 9But yf they wil not beleue these two tokens ner heare thy voyce, then take of the water of the ryuer, and poure it vpon the drye londe: so shall the same water yt thou hast take out of ye ryuer, be turned vnto bloude vpo ye drye londe.

The Appointment of Aaron

10But Moses sayde vnto the LORDE: Oh my LORDE, I am a man yt is not eloquet, from yesterdaye & yeryesterdaye, & sence the tyme yt thou hast spoken vnto thy seruaunt: for I haue a slowe speach, & a slowe tunge. 11The LORDE sayde vnto him: Who hath made the mouth of man? Or who hath made the domme, or the deaf, or the seynge or ye blynde? Haue not I the LORDE done it? 12Go now thy waye therfore, I wil be wt thy mouth, & teach the what thou shalt saye. 13But Moses sayde: My LORDE, sende whom thou wilt sende.

14Then was the LORDE very angrie at Moses, and saide: Do not I knowe then, yt thy brother Aaron the Leuite is well spoken? And beholde, he shal go forth to mete ye: & whan he seyth the, he shal reioyse from his hert. 15Thou shalt speake vnto him, & put the wordes in his mouth: & I wil be with thy mouth & his, and teach you what ye shall doo: 16& he shall speake vnto the people for the. He shal be thy mouth, & thou shalt be his God. 17And take in thine hande this staff, wherwith thou shalt do tokens.

Moses Leaves for Egypt

18Moses wete, and came agayne vnto Iethro his father in lawe, and sayde vnto him: Let me go (I praye the) that I maye turne agayne vnto my brethre, which are in Egipte, and se whether they be yet alyue. Iethro sayde vnto him: Go thy waye in peace. 19The LORDE sayde also vnto him in Madian: Go yi waye, turne againe in to Egipte, for ye me are deed, that sought after thy life. 20So Moses toke his wife, and his sonnes, and caried them vpon an Asse, & wente againe into the lande of Egipte, & toke the staff of God in his hande.

21And the LORDE saide vnto Moses: When thou comest agayne in to Egipte, se yt thou do all the wonders (before Pharao) which I haue put in yi hade. But I wil harde his hert, yt he shall not let the people go. 22And thou shalt saie vnto Pharao: Thus sayeth ye LORDE: Israel is my first borne sonne, 23& I saye vnto the: Let my sonne go, yt he maye serue me: Yf thou wilt not let him go, then wil I slaye thy firstborne sonne.

24And as he was by the waye in the Inne, the LORDE met him, and wolde haue slayne him. 25Then toke Zipora a stone, and circumcyded the foreskynne of hir sonne, and touched his fete, and sayde: A bloudy brydegrome art thou vnto me. 26The let he him go. But she sayde: A bloudy brydegrome, because of the circumcision.

The People Believe Moses and Aaron

27And the LORDE sayde vnto Aaron: Go mete Moses in the wildernes. And he wete, & met him on the mount of God, and kyssed him. 28And Moses tolde Aaron all the wordes of the LORDE, which had sent him: & all the tokens yt he had charged him with all. 29And they wete, & gathered all the elders of the childre of Israel. 30And Aaron tolde all ye wordes, yt the LORDE had spoke vnto Moses: & dyd the tokens before the people, 31& the people beleued. And whan they herde yt the LORDE vysited the children of Israel, and loked vpon their trouble, they bowed them selues, and worshipped.

Coverdale Bible of 1535

Section Headings Courtesy Berean Bible

Exodus 3
Top of Page
Top of Page