Moses Kills an Egyptian
11 Years later, after[a] Moses had grown up, he went out to his own people,[b] and took notice of their heavy burdens. He saw an Egyptian beating up a Hebrew, one of his own people.[c] 12 Looking around and seeing no one else, he killed[d] the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 Going out the next day, Moses noticed[e] two Hebrew men fighting right in front of him. He told the one who was at fault, “Why did you strike your companion?”
Then Moses became terrified and told himself,[h] “Certainly this event has become known!”
Moses Flees to Midian
15 When Pharaoh heard about this matter, he tried to kill Moses. So Moses fled from Pharaoh, settled in the land of Midian, and sat down by a well. 16 Meanwhile, the seven daughters of a certain Midianite priest would come to draw water in order to fill water troughs for their father’s sheep. 17 Some shepherds came to drive them away, but Moses got up, came to their rescue, and watered their sheep. 18 When they returned to their father Reuel,[i] he asked, “Why have you returned so quickly today?”
19 “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds,”[j] they replied, “and he even drew water for us and watered the sheep!”
20 “Then where is he?” He asked his daughters. “Why did you leave the man behind? Go invite him to have something to eat.”[k]
21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.[l] 22 Later she gave birth to a son, and Moses[m] named him Gershom,[n] because he used to say, “I became an alien in a foreign land.”
The Israelis Cry Out to God
23 The king of Egypt eventually[o] died, and the Israelis groaned because of the bondage. They cried out, and their cry for deliverance from slavery ascended to God. 24 God heard their groaning and remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 God watched the Israelis and took notice of them.
God Calls Moses
3 Meanwhile, Moses continued tending the sheep that belonged to his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the sheep to the western[p] desert and came to Horeb,[q] God’s mountain, where[r] 2 the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flaming fire from the center of a bush. As Moses[s] continued to watch, amazingly the bush kept on burning, but was not consumed. 3 Then Moses told himself,[t] “I’ll go over and see this remarkable[u] sight. Why isn’t the bush burning up?”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from the center of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
He said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God[v] said. “Remove your sandals from your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
7 The Lord said, “I have certainly seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their cry caused by their slave masters. I really do understand their pain, 8 so I have come down to deliver them from their domination by[w] the Egyptians and to bring them out of that land to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the territory[x] of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 Now, listen carefully! The cry of the Israelis has come to my attention about how severely the Egyptians have been oppressing them. 10 So go! I am sending you to Pharaoh. Bring my people the Israelis out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses told God, “Who am I? How can I go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelis out of Egypt?”
12 Then God[y] said, “I certainly will be with you. And this will be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, all of you will serve God on this mountain.”
13 Moses told God, “Look! When I go to the Israelis and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors sent me to you,’ they’ll say to me, ‘What is his name?’ What should I say to them?”
14 God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM,”[z] and then said, “Tell the Israelis: ‘I AM sent me to you.’”
15 God also told Moses, “Tell the Israelis, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and this is how I am to be remembered from generation to generation.
16 “Go and gather the elders of Israel. Tell them, ‘The Lord God of your ancestors, appeared to me—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—and he said, “I have paid close attention to you and to what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 I have said that I will bring you out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites—to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’
18 “The elders of Israel[aa] will listen to you,[ab] and then you and they[ac] are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now, let us take a three-day journey into the desert to sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19 I know that the king of Egypt won’t allow you to go unless compelled to do so by force,[ad] 20 so I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all my wonders that I will do there. After that he will release you. 21 I will grant this people public favor with the Egyptians, and as a result, when you leave you won’t go empty-handed. 22 Each woman is to ask her neighbor or any foreign[ae] woman in her house for articles of gold and for clothing, and use them to clothe your sons and daughters. You will plunder the Egyptians.”
- Exodus 2:11 Lit. It happened in those days that
- Exodus 2:11 Lit. brothers
- Exodus 2:11 Lit. brothers
- Exodus 2:12 Lit. struck
- Exodus 2:13 The Heb. lacks noticed
- Exodus 2:14 Lit. He
- Exodus 2:14 Lit. saying
- Exodus 2:14 The Heb. lacks to himself
- Exodus 2:18 I.e. another name for Jethro
- Exodus 2:19 Lit. the hand of the shepherds
- Exodus 2:20 Lit. to eat bread
- Exodus 2:21 The Heb. lacks in marriage
- Exodus 2:22 Lit. he
- Exodus 2:22 Gershom sounds like Heb. for alien
- Exodus 2:23 Lit. It happened after those many days that the king of Egypt
- Exodus 3:1 Or the back part of the
- Exodus 3:1 I.e. Mt. Sinai, and so throughout the book
- Exodus 3:1 The Heb. lacks where
- Exodus 3:2 Lit. He
- Exodus 3:3 The Heb. lacks to himself
- Exodus 3:3 Or great
- Exodus 3:5 Lit. he
- Exodus 3:8 Lit. from the hand of
- Exodus 3:8 Lit. place
- Exodus 3:12 Lit. he
- Exodus 3:14 Or I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE or I AM THE ONE WHO IS
- Exodus 3:18 Lit. They
- Exodus 3:18 Lit. to your voice
- Exodus 3:18 Lit. and the elders of Israel
- Exodus 3:19 Lit. with a strong hand
- Exodus 3:22 Lit. resident alien
10 So the disciples asked him, “Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
11 He answered them, “Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things. 12 But I tell you that Elijah has already come, yet people[a] did not recognize him and treated him just as they pleased. In the same way, the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he had been speaking to them about John the Baptist.
Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon(A)
14 As they approached the crowd, a man came up to Jesus,[b] knelt down in front of him, 15 and said, “Sir,[c] have mercy on my son, because he is an epileptic and suffers terribly. Often he falls into fire and often into water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”
17 Jesus replied, “You unbelieving and perverted generation! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!” 18 Then Jesus rebuked the demon and it came out of him, and the boy was healed that very hour.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
20 He told them, “Because of your lack of faith.[d] I tell all of you[e] with certainty, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.”[f]
Jesus Again Predicts His Death and Resurrection(B)
22 While they were gathering together[g] in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands. 23 They will kill him, but he will be raised on the third day.” Then they were filled with grief.
Questions about the Temple Tax
25 He answered, “Yes.”
When Peter[j] went home,[k] Jesus spoke to him first and asked him, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings on the earth collect tolls or tributes? From their own subjects,[l] or from foreigners?”
26 “From foreigners,” he replied.
So Jesus told him, “In that case, the subjects[m] are exempt. 27 However, so that we don’t offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, open its mouth, and you will find a coin.[n] Take it and give it to them for me and you.”
- Matthew 17:12 Lit. they
- Matthew 17:14 Lit. him
- Matthew 17:15 Or Lord
- Matthew 17:20 Other mss. read your little faith
- Matthew 17:20 The Gk. pronoun you is pl.
- Matthew 17:21 Other mss. lack this verse
- Matthew 17:22 Other mss. read were staying
- Matthew 17:24 Lit. didrachma
- Matthew 17:24 Lit. didrachma
- Matthew 17:25 Lit. he
- Matthew 17:25 Or went into the house
- Matthew 17:25 Lit. sons
- Matthew 17:26 Lit. sons
- Matthew 17:27 Lit. stater, a coin worth two didrachmas
To the Director: To the tune of[a] “Doe of the Dawn”.
A Davidic Psalm.
God Delivers His Suffering Servant
22 My God! My God!
Why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far from delivering me—
from my groaning words?
2 My God, I cry out to you throughout the day,
but you do not answer;
and throughout the night,
but I have no rest.[b]
3 You are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 Our ancestors trusted in you;
they trusted and you delivered them.
5 They cried out to you and escaped;
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
6 But as for me,
I am only a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by people.
7 Everyone who sees me mocks me;
they gape at me with open mouths
and shake their heads at me.
8 They say,[c] “Commit yourself to the Lord;
perhaps the Lord[d] will deliver him,
perhaps he will cause him to escape,
since he delights in him.”
9 Yet, you are the one who took me from the womb,
and kept me safe on my mother’s breasts.
10 I was dependent on you from birth;
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Do not be so distant from me,
for trouble is at hand;
indeed, there is no deliverer.
12 Many bulls have surrounded me;
the vicious bulls of Bashan have encircled me.
13 Their mouths are opened wide toward me,
like roaring and attacking lions.
14 I am poured out like water;
all my bones are out of joint.
My heart is like wax, melting within me.
15 My strength is dried up like broken pottery;
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth,[e]
and you have brought me down to the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded me;
a gang of those who practice evil has encircled me.
They gouged[f] my hands and my[g] feet.
17 I can count all my bones.
They look at me;
they stare at me.
18 They divide my clothing among themselves;
they cast lots for my clothing!
7 Now, children,[a] listen to me.
Don’t turn away from what I am saying.[b]
8 Keep[c] far away from her,
and don’t go near the entrance to her house,
9 so that you don’t give your honor to others,
and waste your best years;[d]
10 so that strangers don’t enrich themselves at your expense,[e]
and your work won’t end up the possession of foreigners.[f]
11 You will cry out in anguish when your end comes,
when your flesh and body are consumed,
12 and you will say, “How I hated instruction,[g]
and my heart rejected correction!
13 I did not obey my teachers
and did not listen[h] to my instructors.
14 Now I am at the point of utter disaster
in[i] the assembly and in the congregation.”
- Proverbs 5:7 Or sons
- Proverbs 5:7 Lit. from the words of my mouth
- Proverbs 5:8 Lit. Keep your path
- Proverbs 5:9 Lit. and your years to the cruel
- Proverbs 5:10 Lit. don’t satisfy themselves with your strength
- Proverbs 5:10 Lit. won’t go into a foreigner’s house
- Proverbs 5:12 Or discipline
- Proverbs 5:13 Lit. incline my ear
- Proverbs 5:14 Lit. in the midst of