Exodus 6

1Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh. I will use my great power against him, and he will let my people go. He will be so ready for them to leave that he will force them to go.” 2Then God said to Moses, 3“I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They called me El Shaddai ˻(God All-Powerful)˼. They did not know my name, Yahweh ˻(Lord)˼. 4I made an agreement with them. I promised to give them the land of Canaan. They lived in that land, but it was not their own land. 5Now, I know about the troubles of the people of Israel. I know that they are the slaves of Egypt. And I remember my agreement. 6So tell the people of Israel that I say to them, 'I am the Lord. I will save you. I will make you free. You will not be slaves of the Egyptians. I will use my great power and bring terrible punishment to the Egyptians. Then I will save you. 7You will be my people and I will be your God. I am the Lord your God, and you will know that I made you free from Egypt. 8I made a great promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I promised to give them a special land. So I will lead you to that land. I will give you that land. It will be yours. I am the Lord.’” 9So Moses told this to the people of Israel. But the people would not listen to him. They were working so hard that they were not patient with Moses. 10Then the Lord said to Moses, 11“Go tell Pharaoh that he must let the people of Israel leave his land.” 12But Moses answered, “The people of Israel refuse to listen to me! So surely Pharaoh will also refuse to listen. I am a very bad speaker!” 13But the Lord talked with Moses and Aaron. God commanded them to go and talk to the people of Israel. He also commanded them to go and talk to Pharaoh. God commanded them to lead the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt. 14Here are the names of the leaders of the families of Israel: Israel’s first son, Reuben, had four sons. They were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. 15Simeon’s sons were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar, and Shaul. (Shaul was the son from a Canaanite woman). 16Levi lived 137 years. Levi’s sons were Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 17Gershon had two sons, Libni and Shimei. 18Kohath lived 133 years. Kohath’s sons were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. 19Merari’s sons were Mahli and Mushi. All these families were from Israel’s son Levi. 20Amram lived 137 years. Amram married his father’s sister, Jochebed. Amram and Jochebed gave birth to Aaron and Moses. 21Izhar’s sons were Korah, Nepheg, and Zicri. 22Uzziel’s sons were Mishael, Elzaphan, and Sithri. 23Aaron married Elisheba. (Elisheba was the daughter of Amminadab, and the sister of Nahshon.) Aaron and Elisheba gave birth to Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 24The sons of Korah, ˻the ancestors of˼ the Korahites, were Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph. 25Aaron’s son, Eleazar, married a daughter of Putiel. And she gave birth to Phinehas. All these people were from Israel’s son, Levi. 26Aaron and Moses were from this family group. And they are the men that God spoke to and said, “Lead my people out of Israel in groups.” 27Aaron and Moses are the men that talked to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. They told Pharaoh to let the people of Israel leave Egypt. 28In the land of Egypt God spoke to Moses. 29He said, “I am the Lord. Tell the king of Egypt everything that I tell you.” 30But Moses answered, “I am a very bad speaker. The king will not listen to me.

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