1Now Moses was looking after the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he took the flock to the back of the waste land and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
2And the angel of the Lord was seen by him in a flame of fire coming out of a thorn-tree: and he saw that the tree was on fire, but it was not burned up.
3And Moses said, I will go and see this strange thing, why the tree is not burned up,
4And when the Lord saw him turning to one side to see, God said his name out of the tree, crying, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
5And he said, Do not come near: take off your shoes from your feet, for the place where you are is holy.
6And he said, I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses kept his face covered for fear of looking on God.
7And God said, Truly, I have seen the grief of my people in Egypt, and their cry because of their cruel masters has come to my ears; for I have knowledge of their sorrows;
8And I have come down to take them out of the hands of the Egyptians, guiding them out of that land into a good land and wide, into a land flowing with milk and honey; into the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
9For now, truly, the cry of the children of Israel has come to me, and I have seen the cruel behaviour of the Egyptians to them.
10Come, then, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may take my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.
11And Moses said to God, Who am I to go to Pharaoh and take the children of Israel out of Egypt?
12And he said, Truly I will be with you; and this will be the sign to you that I have sent you: when you have taken the children of Israel out of Egypt, you will give worship to God on this mountain.
13And Moses said to God, 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 am I to say to them?
14And God said to him, I AM WHAT I AM: and he said, Say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.
15And God went on to say to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has sent me to you: this is my name for ever, and this is my sign to all generations.
16Go and get together the chiefs of the children of Israel, and say to them, The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has been seen by me, and has said, Truly I have taken up your cause, because of what is done to you in Egypt;
17And I have said, I will take you up out of the sorrows of Egypt into the land of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, into a land flowing with milk and honey.
18And they will give ear to your voice: and you, with the chiefs of Israel, will go to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and say to him, The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has come to us: let us then go three days’ journey into the waste land to make an offering to the Lord our God.
19And I am certain that the king of Egypt will not let you go without being forced.
20But I will put out my hand and overcome Egypt with all the wonders which I will do among them: and after that he will let you go.
21And I will give this people grace in the eyes of the Egyptians, so that when you go out you will go out with your hands full.
22For every woman will get from her neighbour and from the woman living in her house, ornaments of silver and gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and your daughters; you will take the best of their goods from the Egyptians.
1And Moses, answering, said, It is certain that they will not have faith in me or give ear to my voice; for they will say, You have not seen the Lord.
2And the Lord said to him, What is that in your hand? And he said, A rod.
3And he said, Put it down on the earth. And he put it down on the earth and it became a snake; and Moses went running from it.
4And the Lord said to Moses, Put out your hand and take it by the tail: (and he put out his hand and took a grip of it and it became a rod in his hand:)
5So that they may be certain that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has been seen by you.
6Then the Lord said to him again, Put your hand inside your clothing. And he put his hand inside his robe: and when he took it out it was like the hand of a leper, as white as snow.
7And he said, Put your hand inside your robe again. (And he put his hand into his robe again, and when he took it out he saw that it had become like his other flesh.)
8And if they do not have faith in you or give ear to the voice of the first sign, they will have faith in the second sign.
9And if they have no faith even in these two signs and will not give ear to your voice, then you are to take the water of the Nile and put it on the dry land: and the water you take out of the river will become blood on the dry land.
10And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not a man of words; I have never been so, and am not now, even after what you have said to your servant: for talking is hard for me, and I am slow of tongue.
11And the Lord said to him, Who has made man’s mouth? who takes away a man’s voice or hearing, or makes him seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
12So go now, and I will be with your mouth, teaching you what to say.
13And he said, O Lord, send, if you will, by the hand of anyone whom it seems good to you to send.
14And the Lord was angry with Moses, and said, Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? To my knowledge he is good at talking. And now he is coming out to you: and when he sees you he will be glad in his heart.
15Let him give ear to your voice, and you will put my words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and with his, teaching you what you have to do.
16And he will do the talking for you to the people: he will be to you as a mouth and you will be to him as God.
17And take in your hand this rod with which you will do the signs.
18And Moses went back to Jethro, his father-in-law, and said to him, Let me go back now to my relations in Egypt and see if they are still living. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.
19And the Lord said to Moses in Midian, Go back to Egypt, for all the men are dead who were attempting to take your life.
20And Moses took his wife and his sons and put them on an ass and went back to the land of Egypt: and he took the rod of God in his hand.
21And the Lord said to Moses, When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have given you power to do: but I will make his heart hard and he will not let the people go.
22And you are to say to Pharaoh, The Lord says, Israel is the first of my sons:
23And I said to you, Let my son go, so that he may give me worship; and you did not let him go: so now I will put the first of your sons to death.
24Now on the journey, at the night’s resting-place, the Lord came in his way and would have put him to death.
25Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cutting off the skin of her son’s private parts, and touching his feet with it, she said, Truly you are a husband of blood to me.
26So he let him go. Then she said, You are a husband of blood because of the circumcision.
27And the Lord said to Aaron, Go into the waste land and you will see Moses. So he went and came across Moses at the mountain of God, and gave him a kiss.
28And Moses gave Aaron an account of all the words of the Lord which he had sent him to say, and of all the signs which he had given him orders to do.
29Then Moses and Aaron went and got together all the chiefs of the children of Israel:
30And Aaron said to them all the words the Lord had said to Moses, and did the signs before all the people.
31And the people had faith in them; and hearing that the Lord had taken up the cause of the children of Israel and had seen their troubles, with bent heads they gave him worship.
To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David.
1 Happy is the man who gives thought to the poor; the Lord will be his saviour in the time of trouble.
2The Lord will keep him safe, and give him life; the Lord will let him be a blessing on the earth, and will not give him into the hand of his haters.
3The Lord will be his support on his bed of pain: by you will all his grief be turned to strength.
4I said, Lord, have mercy on me; make my soul well, because my faith is in you.
5My haters say evil against me, When will he be dead, and his name come to an end?
6If one comes to see me, deceit is in his heart; he keeps a store of evil, which he makes public in every place.
7All my haters are talking secretly together against me; they are designing my downfall.
8They say, He has an evil disease, which will not let him go: and now that he is down he will not get up again.
9Even my dearest friend, in whom I had faith, who took bread with me, is turned against me.
10But you, O Lord, have mercy on me, lifting me up, so that I may give them their punishment.
11By this I see that you have pleasure in me, because my hater does not overcome me.
12And as for me, you are my support in my righteousness, giving me a place before your face for ever.
13May the Lord God of Israel be praised, through eternal days and for ever. So be it. So be it.
1For this Melchizedek, the king of Salem, a priest of the Most High God, who gave Abraham his blessing, meeting him when he came back after putting the kings to death,
2And to whom Abraham gave a tenth part of everything which he had, being first named King of righteousness, and then in addition, King of Salem, that is to say, King of peace;
3Being without father or mother, or family, having no birth or end to his life, being made like the Son of God, is a priest for ever.
4Now see how great this man was, to whom our father Abraham gave a tenth part of what he had got in the fight.
5And it is true that by the law, those of the sons of Levi who have the position of priests may take a tenth part of the people’s goods; that is to say, they take it from their brothers though these are the sons of Abraham.
6But this man, who was not of their family, took the tenth from Abraham, and gave a blessing to him to whom God had given his undertaking.
7But there is no doubt that the less gets his blessing from the greater.
8Now at the present time, men over whom death has power take the tenth; but then it was taken by one of whom it is witnessed that he is living.
9And we may say that in Abraham, even Levi, who has a right to take the tenth part, gave it;
10Because he was still in his father’s body when Melchizedek came to him.
11Now if it was possible for things to be made complete through the priests of the house of Levi (for the law was given to the people in connection with them), what need was there for another priest who was of the order of Melchizedek and not of the order of Aaron?
12Because if the priests are changed, it is necessary to make a change in the law.
13For he of whom these things are said comes of another tribe, of which no man has ever made offerings at the altar.
14Because it is clear that our Lord comes out of Judah, and Moses said nothing about priests from that tribe.
15And this is even more clear if a second priest has come up who is like Melchizedek,
16That is to say, not made by a law based on the flesh, but by the power of a life without end:
17For it has been witnessed of him, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
18So the law which went before is put on one side, because it was feeble and without profit.
19(Because the law made nothing complete), and in its place there is a better hope, through which we come near to God.
20And as this is not without the taking of an oath
21(For those were made priests without an oath, but this one was made a priest with an oath by him who says of him, The Lord gave his oath, which he will not take back, that you are a priest for ever);
22By so much is it a better agreement which we have through Jesus.
23And it is true that there have been a great number of those priests, because death does not let them go on for ever;
24But this priest, because his life goes on for ever, is unchanging.
25So that he is fully able to be the saviour of all who come to God through him, because he is ever living to make prayer to God for them.
26It was right for us to have such a high priest, one who is holy and without evil, doing no wrong, having no part with sinners, and made higher than the heavens:
27Who has no need to make offerings for sins every day, like those high priests, first for himself, and then for the people; because he did this once and for ever when he made an offering of himself.
28The law makes high priests of men who are feeble; but the word of the oath, which was made after the law, gives that position to a Son, in whom all good is for ever complete.