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4 1Then Moses answered, "But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, 'Yahweh did not appear to you.' "God commissions Moses and Aaron. Ex.4.1-17וַיַּעַן מֹשֶׁה וַיֹּאמֶר וְהֵן לֹא־יַאֲמִינוּ לִי וְלֹא יִשְׁמְעוּ בְּקֹלִי כִּי יֹאמְרוּ לֹא־נִרְאָה אֵלֶיךָ יְהוָה׃
2Yahweh said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A rod." וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו יְהוָה {כ= מַזֶּה} {ק= מַה} {ק= } {ק=־זֶּה} בְיָדֶךָ וַיֹּאמֶר מַטֶּה׃
3And he said, "Cast it on the ground." So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. וַיֹּאמֶר הַשְׁלִיכֵהוּ אַרְצָה וַיַּשְׁלִיכֵהוּ אַרְצָה וַיְהִי לְנָחָשׁ וַיָּנָס מֹשֶׁה מִפָּנָיו׃
4But Yahweh said to Moses, "Put out your hand, and take it by the tail" - so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand - וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה שְׁלַח יָדְךָ וֶאֱחֹז בִּזְנָבֹו וַיִּשְׁלַח יָדֹו וַיַּחֲזֶק בֹּו וַיְהִי לְמַטֶּה בְּכַפֹּו׃
5"that they may believe that Yahweh, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you." לְמַעַן יַאֲמִינוּ כִּי־נִרְאָה אֵלֶיךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי אֲבֹתָם אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם אֱלֹהֵי יִצְחָק וֵאלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב׃
6Again, Yahweh said to him, "Put your hand into your bosom." And he put his hand into his bosom; and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, as white as snow. וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה לֹו עֹוד הָבֵא־נָא יָדְךָ בְּחֵיקֶךָ וַיָּבֵא יָדֹו בְּחֵיקֹו וַיֹּוצִאָהּ וְהִנֵּה יָדֹו מְצֹרַעַת כַּשָּׁלֶג׃
7Then God said, "Put your hand back into your bosom." So he put his hand back into his bosom; and when he took it out, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. וַיֹּאמֶר הָשֵׁב יָדְךָ אֶל־חֵיקֶךָ וַיָּשֶׁב יָדֹו אֶל־חֵיקֹו וַיֹּוצִאָהּ מֵחֵיקֹו וְהִנֵּה־שָׁבָה כִּבְשָׂרֹו׃
8"If they will not believe you," God said, "or heed the first sign, they may believe the latter sign. וְהָיָה אִם־לֹא יַאֲמִינוּ לָךְ וְלֹא יִשְׁמְעוּ לְקֹל הָאֹת הָרִאשֹׁון וְהֶאֱמִינוּ לְקֹל הָאֹת הָאַחֲרֹון׃
9If they will not believe even these two signs or heed your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it upon the dry ground; and the water which you shall take from the Nile will become blood upon the dry ground." וְהָיָה אִם־לֹא יַאֲמִינוּ גַּם לִשְׁנֵי הָאֹתֹות הָאֵלֶּה וְלֹא יִשְׁמְעוּן לְקֹלֶךָ וְלָקַחְתָּ מִמֵּימֵי הַיְאֹר וְשָׁפַכְתָּ הַיַּבָּשָׁה וְהָיוּ הַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר תִּקַּח מִן־הַיְאֹר וְהָיוּ לְדָם בַּיַּבָּשֶׁת׃
10But Moses said to Yahweh, "Oh, my Yahweh, I am not eloquent, either heretofore or since you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and of tongue." וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל־יְהוָה בִּי אֲדֹנָי לֹא אִישׁ דְּבָרִים אָנֹכִי גַּם מִתְּמֹול גַּם מִשִּׁלְשֹׁם גַּם מֵאָז דַּבֶּרְךָ אֶל־עַבְדֶּךָ כִּי כְבַד־פֶּה וּכְבַד לָשֹׁון אָנֹכִי׃
11Then Yahweh said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, Yahweh? וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֵלָיו מִי שָׂם פֶּה לָאָדָם אֹו מִי־יָשׂוּם אִלֵּם אֹו חֵרֵשׁ אֹו פִקֵּחַ אֹו עִוֵּר הֲלֹא אָנֹכִי יְהוָה׃
12Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak." וְעַתָּה לֵךְ וְאָנֹכִי אֶהְיֶה עִם־פִּיךָ וְהֹורֵיתִיךָ אֲשֶׁר תְּדַבֵּר׃
13But he said, "Oh, my Yahweh, send, I pray, some other person." וַיֹּאמֶר בִּי אֲדֹנָי שְׁלַח־נָא בְּיַד־תִּשְׁלָח׃
14Then the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Moses and he said, "Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well; and behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you he will be glad in his heart. וַיִּחַר־אַף יְהוָה בְּמֹשֶׁה וַיֹּאמֶר הֲלֹא אַהֲרֹן אָחִיךָ הַלֵּוִי יָדַעְתִּי כִּי־דַבֵּר יְדַבֵּר הוּא וְגַם הִנֵּה־הוּא יֹצֵא לִקְרָאתֶךָ וְרָאֲךָ וְשָׂמַח בְּלִבֹּו׃
15And you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and will teach you what you shall do. וְדִבַּרְתָּ אֵלָיו וְשַׂמְתָּ אֶת־הַדְּבָרִים בְּפִיו וְאָנֹכִי אֶהְיֶה עִם־פִּיךָ וְעִם־פִּיהוּ וְהֹורֵיתִי אֶתְכֶם אֵת אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשׂוּן׃
16He shall speak for you to the people; and he shall be a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God. וְדִבֶּר־הוּא לְךָ אֶל־הָעָם וְהָיָה הוּא יִהְיֶה־לְּךָ לְפֶה וְאַתָּה תִּהְיֶה־לֹּו לֵאלֹהִים׃
17And you shall take in your hand this rod, with which you shall do the signs." וְאֶת־הַמַּטֶּה הַזֶּה תִּקַּח בְּיָדֶךָ אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשֶׂה־בֹּו אֶת־הָאֹתֹת׃ ף

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