New International Version
But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it."
King James Bible
And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt take this staff in thy hand, with which thou shalt do the signs.
World English Bible
You shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs."
Young's Literal Translation
and this rod thou dost take in thy hand, with which thou doest the signs.'
Exodus 4:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thou shalt take this rod - From the story of Moses's rod the heathens have invented the fables of the thyrsus of Bacchus, and the caduceus of Mercury. Cicero reckons five Bacchuses, one of which, according to Orpheus, was born of the river Nile; but, according to the common opinion, he was born on the banks of that river. Bacchus is expressly said to have been exposed on the river Nile, hence he is called Nilus, both by Diodorus and Macrobius; and in the hymns of Orpheus he is named Myses, because he was drawn out of the water. He is represented by the poets as being very beautiful, and an illustrious warrior; they report him to have overrun all Arabia with a numerous army both of men and women. He is said also to have been an eminent law-giver, and to have written his laws on two tables. He always carried in his hand the thyrsus, a rod wreathed with serpents, and by which he is reported to have wrought many miracles. Any person acquainted with the birth and exploits of the poetic Bacchus will at once perceive them to be all borrowed from the life and acts of Moses, as recorded in the Pentateuch; and it would be losing time to show the parallel, by quoting passages from the book of Exodus.
The caduceus or rod of Mercury is well known in poetic fables. It is another copy Of the rod of Moses. He also is reported to have wrought a multitude of miracles by this rod; and particularly he is said to kill and make alive, to send souls to the invisible world and bring them back from thence. Homer represents Mercury taking his rod to work miracles precisely in the same way as God commands Moses to take his.
Ἑρμης δε ψυχας Κυλληνιος εξεκαλειτο
Ανδρων μνηστηρων· εχε δε ῬΑΒΔΟΝ μετα χερσιν
Καλην, χρυσειην, τῃ τ' ανδρων ομματα θελγει,
Ὡν εθελει, τους δ' αυτε και ὑπνωοντας εγειρει.
Odyss., lib. xxiv., ver. 1.
Cyllenian Hermes now call'd forth the souls
Of all the suitors; with his golden Wand
Of power, to seal in balmy sleep whose eyes
Soe'er he will, and open them again.
Virgil copies Homer, but carries the parallel farther, tradition having probably furnished him with more particulars; but in both we may see a disguised copy of the sacred history, from which indeed the Greek and Roman poets borrowed most of their beauties.
Tum Virgam Capit: hac animas ille evocat Orco
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryJanuary 13. "Thou Shalt be to Him Instead of God" (Ex. Iv. 16).
"Thou shalt be to him instead of God" (Ex. iv. 16). Such was God's promise to Moses, and such the high character that Moses was to assume toward Aaron, his brother. May it not suggest a high and glorious place that each of us may occupy toward all whom we meet, instead of God? What a dignity and glory it would give our lives, could we uniformly realize this high calling! How it would lead us to act toward our fellow-men! God can always be depended upon. God is without variableness or shadow of turning. …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
A Bundle of Myrrh is My Well-Beloved unto Me; He Shall Abide Between My Breasts.
Appendix xii. The Baptism of Proselytes
A Canticle of Love
Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied.
So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.
"When Pharaoh says to you, 'Perform a miracle,' then say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,' and it will become a snake."
Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.
Moses said to Joshua, "Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands."
"Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink."
2 Kings 4:29
Elisha said to Gehazi, "Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. Don't greet anyone you meet, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy's face."
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