1Yahweh then said to Moses, 'Now you wil see what I am going to do to Pharaoh. A mighty hand wilforce him to let them go, a mighty hand will force him to expel them from his country.' 2God spoke to Moses and said to him, 'I am Yahweh. 3To Abraham, Isaac and Jacob I appeared as El Shaddai, but I did not make my name Yahweh known tothem. 4I also made my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the country in which they wereliving as aliens. 5Furthermore, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, enslaved by the Egyptians, and haveremembered my covenant. 6So say to the Israelites, "I am Yahweh. I shall free you from the forced labour of the Egyptians; I shalrescue you from their slavery and I shal redeem you with outstretched arm and mighty acts of judgement. 7I shall take you as my people and I shal be your God. And you wil know that I am Yahweh your God,who have freed you from the forced labour of the Egyptians. 8Then I shal lead you into the country which I swore I would give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, andshall give it to you as your heritage, I, Yahweh." ' 9And Moses repeated this to the Israelites, but they would not listen to Moses, so crushed was their spiritand so cruel their slavery. 10Yahweh then said to Moses, 11'Go to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and tel him to let the Israelites leave his country.' 12But Moses spoke out in Yahweh's presence and said, 'The Israelites have not listened to me, so whyshould Pharaoh take any notice of a poor speaker like me?' 13Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron and sent them to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to lead the Israelites outof Egypt. 14These were their heads of families: The sons of Reuben, Israel's first-born: Hanoch, Pal u, Hezron andCarmi: these are the clans of Reuben. 15The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul son of the Canaanite woman:these are the clans of Simeon. 16These were the names of the sons of Levi with their descendants: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. Levilived for a hundred and thirty-seven years. 17The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, with their clans. 18The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. Kohath lived for a hundred and thirty-threeyears. 19The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of Levi with their descendants. 20Amram married Jochebed, his aunt, who bore him Aaron and Moses. Amram lived for a hundred andthirty-seven years. 21The sons of Izhar were: Korah, Nepheg and Zichri. 22And the sons of Uzziel: Mishael, Elzaphan and Sithri. 23Aaron married Elisheba daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab,Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 24The sons of Korah: Assir, Elkanah and Abiasaph. These are the clans of the Korahites. 25Eleazar, son of Aaron, married one of Putiel's daughters who bore him Phinehas. These were theLevitical heads of families, according to clan. 26It was to this Aaron and Moses that Yahweh said, 'Lead the Israelites out of Egypt in their armies.' 27It was they who spoke to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to lead the Israelites out of Egypt -- namely Mosesand Aaron. 28Now the day when Yahweh spoke to Moses in Egypt, 29Yahweh said to Moses, 'Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything that I am going to say to you.' 30But Moses said to Yahweh's face, 'I am a poor speaker, so why should Pharaoh take any notice ofme?'
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