Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
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God Renews His Promise to Israel
Exodus 6:1Then the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”
Exodus 6:2And God (‘ĕlōhîm) spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).
Exodus 6:3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty (‘ēl šaday), but by My name Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) I was not known to them.
- The Bible is a progressive revelation: God appeared to them as the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” as “El”, then revealed Himself as Yᵊhōvâ.
Exodus 6:4 I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers.
Exodus 6:5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.
Exodus 6:6 Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) ; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians,
I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.
Exodus 6:7 I will take you as My people, and I will be your God (‘ĕlōhîm). Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm) who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
- “I” is singular but “Elohim” is plural.
Exodus 6:8 And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).’ ”
Exodus 6:9 So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage.
Exodus 6:10 And the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) spoke to Moses, saying,
Exodus 6:11 “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the children of Israel go out of his land.”
Exodus 6:12 And Moses spoke before the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), saying, “The children of Israel have not heeded me. How then shall Pharaoh heed me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?”
Exodus 6:13 Then the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) spoke to Moses and Aaron, and gave them a command for the children of Israel and for Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
The Family of Moses and Aaron
Exodus 6:14 These are the heads of their fathers’ houses: The sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel (Jacob), were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. These are the families of Reuben.
Exodus 6:15 And the sons of Simeon were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. These are the families of Simeon.
Exodus 6:16 These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari (and a daughter Jochebed who married her brother’s, Kohath’s) son, Amran). And the years of the life of Levi were one hundred and thirty-seven.
Exodus 6:17 The sons of Gershon were Libni and Shimi according to their families.
Exodus 6:18 And the sons of Kohath (son of Levi) were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. And the years of the life of Kohath were one hundred and thirty-three.
Exodus 6:19 The sons of Merari (son of Levi) were Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of Levi according to their generations.
Exodus 6:20 Now Amram (son of Kohath who was the son of Levi) took for himself Jochebed, his father’s sister, as wife; and she bore him Aaron and Moses. And the years of the life of Amram were one hundred and thirty-seven.
Exodus 6:21 The sons of Izhar (son of Kohath, son of Levi, son of Israel/Jacob) were Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri.
Exodus 6:22 And the sons of Uzziel (son of Kohath, son of Levi, son of Israel/Jacob) were Mishael, Elzaphan, and Zithri.
Exodus 6:23 Aaron took to himself Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Nahshon, as wife; and she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
Exodus 6:24 And the sons of Korah were Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph. These are the families of the Korahites.
Exodus 6:25 Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took for himself one of the daughters of Putiel as wife; and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites according to their families.
Exodus 6:26 These are the same Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said, “Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies.”
Exodus 6:27 These are the ones who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt. These are the same Moses and Aaron.
Aaron Is Moses’ Spokesman
Exodus 6:28 And it came to pass, on the day the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt,
Exodus 6:29 that the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) spoke to Moses, saying, “I am the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ). Speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.”
Exodus 6:30 But Moses said before the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh heed me?”
Below: The Genealogy prior to Levi at the bottom of the line: Both Moses and Aaron came from the tribe of Levi, the priestly line.