Exodus Chapter 3

Exodus 3:1 Moses’ father in law was named Jethro.  Jethro was a priest of Midian. Moses took care of Jethro’s sheep. Moses led the sheep to the backside of the desert. He went to a mountain called Horeb, the mountain of God.

Exodus 3:2 On that mountain, Moses saw the angel of the Lord in a burning bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire, but it was not being destroyed.

Exodus 3:3 Moses said to himself: I will go closer to the bush and see why the bush could continue burning without being burned up.

Exodus 3:4 When the Lord saw Moses coming to the bush, He called him from inside the bush and said: Moses, Moses. And Moses said: Here I am.

Exodus 3:5 The Lord said to Moses: Do not come closer. Take off your shoes because the place that you are standing on is holy ground.

Exodus 3:6 I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.

Exodus 3:7 Then the Lord said to Moses: I have seen the troubles my people have suffered in Egypt. I have heard them crying, asking Me to save them from the Egyptians who force them to work. I know they suffer and I, God, feel sorry for them.

Exodus 3:8 I, God, want to save them from the Egyptians. I, God, want to bring them out of this land and take them to a good and great land, a land where there is a lot of food, milk and honey. It is the land where the Canaanites are living now with the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites.

Exodus 3:9 I, God, have heard the Israelites pray, and they have asked Me to help them. I, God, have seen the way the Egyptians have made life hard for them.

Exodus 3:10 I, God, want you, Moses, to go to Pharaoh and to take my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.

Exodus 3:11 Moses said to God: I am not an important man. I can not go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Exodus 3:12 God answered Moses: I, God, will be with you. I, God, will give you a sign that will prove to you that I, God, have sent you. When you bring the people of Israel out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.

Exodus 3:13 Then Moses said to God: When I go to the children of Israel and I tell them: The God of your grandfathers has sent me to you, they will ask me, Moses: What is his name?  What must I, Moses, tell them?

Exodus 3:14 Then God said to Moses: My name is: I Am Who, I Am. You must tell the children of Israel: I Am has sent me, Moses, to you.

Exodus 3:15 God also said to Moses: You must tell the children of Israel: The Lord God of your grandfathers has sent me, Moses, to you. He is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.  This will always be my name. It is how I want the children of Israel to remember me from now on.

Exodus 3:16 Go and call the leaders of Israel together and tell them that the Lord, the God of their grandfathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, appeared to you, Moses, and gave you, Moses, this is a message from me, God: I have been watching over you and have seen what people in Egypt have done to you.

Exodus 3:17 God said He has decided that to take you away from the troubles the children of Israel are suffering in Egypt. God will take you, the children of Israel, into the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. It is a land that has a lot of food, milk and honey.

Exodus 3:18 The leaders of Israel will listen to you, Moses. Then you, Moses and the leaders must go to the king of Egypt and tell him: The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has talked to us. We beg you, King, let us go into the desert 3 days journey. We want to sacrifice offerings to the Lord our God.

Exodus 3:19 I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go. He will not do it even if I punish him.

Exodus 3:20 I, God, will use my great power against Egypt. I will cause amazing things to happen in Egypt. After I do this, The King of Egypt will let you go.

Exodus 3:21 I will make the people of Egypt friendly towards children of Israel, and the people of Egypt will give the children of Israel many gifts when you go.

Exodus 3:22 All the children of women Israel will ask their Egyptian neighbors and any woman living in her house for gifts of silver, gold, and fine clothing. Then you will put those gifts on your sons and on your daughters. The children of Israel shall plunder the Egyptians.