1 And HaShem said unto Moses: 'Now shalt thou see what I will
do to Pharaoh; for by a strong hand shall he let them go, and by a strong hand
shall he drive them out of his land.'
2 And G-d spoke unto Moses, and said unto him: 'I am HaShem;
3 and I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, as
G-d Almighty, but by My name hwhy [This divine name is traditionally not
pronounced; instead, Adonai, (the) Lord, is regularly substituted for it.] I
made Me not known to them.
4 And I have also established My covenant with them, to give
them the land of Canaan, the land of their sojournings, wherein they sojourned.
5 And moreover I have heard the groaning of the children of
Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered My covenant.
6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel: I am HaShem, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver
you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with
7 and I will take you to Me for a people, and I will be to
you a G-d; and ye shall know that I am HaShem your G-d, who brought you out from
under the burdens of the Egyptians.
8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning which I
lifted up My hand to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give
it you for a heritage: I am HaShem.'
9 And Moses spoke so unto the children of Israel; but they
hearkened not unto Moses for impatience of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
And HaShem spoke unto Moses, saying:
11 'Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the
children of Israel go out of his land.'
12 And Moses spoke before HaShem, saying: 'Behold, the
children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me,
who am of uncircumcised lips?'
13 And HaShem spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them
a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring
the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
14 These are
the heads of their fathers' houses: the sons of Reuben the first-born of Israel:
Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. These are the families of Reuben.
15 And the sons of Simeon: Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and
Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman. These are the
families of Simeon.
16 And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to
their generations: Gershon and Kohath, and Merari. And the years of the life of
Levi were a hundred thirty and seven years.
17 The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, according to their
18 And the sons of Kohath: Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and
Uzziel. And the years of the life of Kohath were a hundred thirty and three
19 And the sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the
families of the Levites according to their generations.
20 And Amram took him Jochebed his father's sister to wife;
and she bore him Aaron and Moses. And the years of the life of Amram were a
hundred and thirty and seven years.
21 And the sons of Izhar: Korah, and Nepheg, and Zichri.
22 And the sons of Uzziel: Mishael, and Elzaphan, and Sithri.
23 And Aaron took him Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab,
the sister of Nahshon, to wife; and she bore him Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and
24 And the sons of Korah: Assir, and Elkanah, and Abiasaph;
these are the families of the Korahites.
25 And Eleazar Aaron's son took him one of the daughters of
Putiel to wife; and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers'
houses of the Levites according to their families.
26 These are that Aaron and Moses, to whom HaShem said:
'Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their
27 These are they that spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to
bring out the children of Israel from Egypt. These are that Moses and Aaron.
28 And it came to pass on the day when HaShem spoke unto
Moses in the land of Egypt,
29 that HaShem spoke unto Moses, saying: 'I am HaShem; speak
thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I speak unto thee.'
30 And Moses said before HaShem: 'Behold, I am of
uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
JPS Electronic Edition, based on the 1917 JPS translation, Copyright © 1998 by Larry Nelson, All Rights Reserved