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The Death Of Moses

And Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. Then he said : 
"I am a hundred and twenty years old this day. I can no longer go out and come in. Also the Lord
has said to me, 'You Shall not go over the Jordan.' Joshua, he shall go over before you, as the Lord
has said."
And Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel: 
"Be strong and of good courage. For you must go with this people into the land which the lord has promised their fathers. And you shall cause them to inherit it. "
Then God said to Moses:
"Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers, and this people will rise up and will forsake me and breake the agreement which I have made with them. Then I will hide my face from them, when they have turned to other gods. Many evils and troubles shall plague them."
   

Moses Returns To Egypt

Moses went and returned to his father-in-law and said to him:
"Let me go, I beg you, and let me return to my kinsmen who are in Egypt, and see whether they are still alive."
"Go in peace," said he to Moses.And God said to Moses in Median:
"Go return to Egypt, for all the men are dead who sought your life."
So Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt, taking the rod of God in his hand.And the Lord said to Moses: "When you return there, see that you do before pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your hand.But I will harden his heart so that he shall not let the people go."
And the Lord said to Aaron:
"Go into the wilderness to meet Moses."
Aaron went and met Moses at the mountain of God, and kissed him.And Moses told Aaron all that the Lord had said to him, and all the signs that he had told him to do.
Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel, and Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had spoken to Moses, and did all the signs for the people to see.
  The people believed.And when they heard that he Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had seen their suffering, they bowed their heads and worshiped.

God Speak To Moses

The Moses returned to the Lord and said:"Lord, why have you treated these people so badly? Why have you sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done nothing to save them."
  The God said Moses:
  "Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he shall let the people go. With a strong hand he will drive them out of his land."
  "For I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob by the name of God Almighty. I made a promise to them, to give them the land of Canaan."
  "Say to the children of Israel, 'I am the Lord, and I will free you from the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will take you out of slavery. I will make you my people, and I will be to you a God. I will bring you to the land I promised to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And I will give it to you and your descendants.'"
   Moses told the children of Israel all that the Lord had said. But they did not listen to Moses in their suffering and their misery. And God said to Moses:
   " You shall say all that I have to tell you. And Aaron your brother shall speak to Pharaoh, telling him to send the children of Israel out of his land. But I will harden Pharaoh's heart and perform many signs and miracles in the land of Egypt. Still Pharaoh will not listen to you, so I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring forth my armies and my people out of Egypt by my great judgments."
  "The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord when I stretch forth my hand upon Egypt and bring the children of Israel out from among them."

Pharaoh And The Israelite's

Moses and Aaron went before Pharaoh and spoke to him, saying: "These are the words of the God of Israel: 'Let my people go, so that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.'"
But Pharaoh said:
"Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go. Why do you, Moses and Aaron, interfere with the work of the people? Get back to your tasks. The people of the land are many now, and you make them rest from their labors."
 The same day pharaoh gave orders to the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying:
 "you shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as you have done in the past. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. But the number of bricks which they made before, you are still to demand of them. You shall require as much from them as before, for they are idle. That is why they cry out saying, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.' Let the men be given more work, so that they may have no time to listen to empty talk."
  The taskmasters and officers went out and spoke to the people, saying:
"Pharaoh says, 'I will not give you straw. Go out and get straw where you can find it, for you shall make no fewer bricks than before.'"
  So the people were scattered throughout all the land of Egypt. And their taskmasters kept after them, saying, "Fulfill your works and your daily tasks, as when there was straw." And the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and asked, "Why have you not fulfilled your task of making bricks both yesterday and today, as many as you have made before?"
 So the officers of the children of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying:
 "Why do you deal with your servants in this way? No straw is given to us, and we are told, 'Make bricks.'
We are beaten, but the fault is with your own people."
 "You are idle," Pharaoh answered.
"That is why you say, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.'"
"So go now and work. There shall be no straw given to you. And still you shall have to make us many bricks as before."
 The officers of the children of Israel, seeing that the numbers of bricks to be made was to be no less, went forth from Pharaoh. On their way, they met Moses and Aaron, and they said to them:
"May the Lord look upon you and judge you, because you have made us hateful in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of is servants, so that they want to kill us."

God Calls Moses

At this time Moses was keeping the flock of this father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to the mountain of God, to Horeb, There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the middle of a bush. Moses looked and saw that the bush burned with fire, but it was not destroyed.
And he said:
"I will stop here and see this great sight, and discover why the bush is not burnt."
When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, he called out of the middle of the bush and said:
"Moses, Moses"
"Here am I," answered Moses.
"Do not come near." God said.
"Take your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."
And God said further:
"I am the God of your father, the God Abraham, the God Isaac, and the God Jacob."
Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
And God said:
"I have seen the misery of my people who are in Egypt and I have heard their cries because of their taskmasters. i realize their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them out of that land into a land good and large, into a land flowing with milk and honey."
"Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may lead forth my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."
But Moses said to the Lord:
"Who am I, that I should go to pharaoh, and that I should lead forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
And God said:
"Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be a token that I have sent you:
When you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God upon this mountain."
Then Moses said to the Lord:
"When I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your father has sent me to you' and they say to me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?"
And God said:
"This you shall say to the children of Israel: 'The Lord God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob has sent me to you."
"'Yahew is my name for ever, and by this I will be remembered to all generations.'"
"God and gather the elder of Israel together, and tell them all that I have said to you. They shall listen to your voice, and you and the elder of Israel shall go to the king of the Egypt and say to him, 'The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us, and we beg you to let us go three days' journey into the wilderness, so that we may worship the Lord our God.'
 "And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, but I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all my wonders. And after that he will let you go."

Moses In Midian

One day, when Moses was grown up, he went out among his kinsmen and watched them labour. And he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his kinsmen. He looked this way and that way. When he saw that there was no one near, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
When he went out the next day, he saw two Hebrew men fighting each other. He said to the one who was in the wrong:
"Why are you srtiking your own comrade?"
The man replied:
"Who made you a prince and judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?"
And Moses was afraid and said to himself, "What I have done must be known."
When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses escaped from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian.
There one day he sat down beside a well. Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water from the well, and filled the throughs to water their father's flock. Shepherds came and tried to drive them away, but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
When they came home to their father, he said:
"How is it that you have come back so early tody?"
And they answered:
"An Egyptian protected us from the shepherds, and also drew enough water for us, and watered the flock."
"Where is he?" their father asked.
"Why have you left the man behind? call him to eat with us."
Moses was happy to live with this man, and the man gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife.
Zipporah bore Moses a son, and he called him Gershom, which means "a srtanger there," for he said, "I have been a stranger in a strange land."
And in due course it came to pass that the king of Egypt died. But the children of Israel were still oppressed and in slavery. In their suffering they cried out, and their cry carried up to God. He heard their groaning and remembered his promise to Abraham to Isaac, and to Jacob.
And the Lord looked down upon the children of Israel and had pity on them.


Moses In The Bulrushes

Now there was a man of the family of Levi whose wife bore him a son. And when she saw that he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months. Then, when she could no longer hide him, she took a basket made of bulrushes, daubed it with pitch and put the child into it. She took it and laid it in the reeds by the river's edge. And the baby's sister stood far away to watch what was done to him.
The daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river, and her maids walked along by the river's side. When she saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maids to fetch it.
When she opened the basket, she saw the child, and he was crying. So she took pity on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children."
The baby's sister came forward and said to Pharaoh's daughter:
"Shall I go and find a nurse from the Hebrew woman to look after the child for you.?"
"Go," said Pharaoh's daughter, and the girl went and called the child's mother. And Pharaoh's daughter said to the woman: "Take this child away and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages."
So the mother took her child and nursed it.