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Jacob blesseth Joseph's sons,

CHAP. XLVm.

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AND it .came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.

2 And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed. ,

3 And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at ■ Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,

4 And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee, for an everlasting possession.

5 IT And now, thy ctwo sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt, before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mme: as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.

6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, Bhall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.

7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, ''Rachel died by mc in the land of Canaan, in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come ,unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath, the same ts Beth-lehem.

8 And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?

9 And Joseph said unto his father,e They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and •'I will bless them.

10 (Now s the eyes of Israel were f dim for age, so that he could not see:) and he brought them near unto him; and *he kissed them, and embraced them.

11 And Israel said unto Joseph,'I had not thought to see thy face: and lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed. \-vu fl

12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him. , tl ;ri • :'

14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head^ who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, * guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the first-born.

15 If And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, ""before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,

16 The Angel "which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let • my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac: and let them fgroW into a multitude in the midst of the earth. u S>i\y.

17 And when Joseph saw that his father Maid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it || displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.

18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this ts the first-born; put thy right hand upon his head.

19 And his father refused, and said, ?I know it, my son, 1 know it: he also shall become a people,

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and his own in particular.

and he also shall be great: but truly rhis younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a t multitude of nations.

20 And he blessed them that day, saying, *In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

21 And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die; But'God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.

22 Moreover "I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand 'of the Amorite with my swdrd and with my bow.

CHAP. XLIX:

1 Jacob callcth his sons to bless them. 3 Their blessings in particular. i 29 He ehargeth them about his burial. 88 He dieth.

AND Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may "tell you that which shall befall you 'in the last days.

2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and c hearken unto Israel your father!

3 If Reuben, thou art dmy first-born, my might, 'and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of powtor:

4 Unstable as water, •j-'thou shalt not excel; be* cause thou 'wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: || he went up to my couch.

5 IfASimeon and Levi are 'brethren; ||*instruments of cruelty arc in their habitations.

6 0 my soul, 'come not thou into their secret; "•unto their assembly, "mine honour, he not thou united! for 'in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they II digged down a wall.

7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce: and their wrath, for it was cruel: 'I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.

8 If«Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise; rthy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies ; 'thy father'sehildren shall bow down before thee.

9 Judah is 'a lion's whelp; from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: * he stooped down, he couched as a Hon, and as an old lion: who shall rouse him up?

10 'The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, noi ,J a lawgiverx from between his feet,0 until Shiloh come: 4 and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

11 'Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

12 His ''eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

13 If "Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.

14 IT Issachar is a strong ass, couching down between two burdens:

15 And he saw that rest Was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed -'his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.

16 Iff Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.

17 *Dan shall be a serpent by the way, fan adder in the path, that biteth the horse-heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

18 'I have waited for thy salvation, 0 Lord!

19 If *Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.

20 If Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he

shall yield royal dainties.

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JacoVs charge concerning his burial.

21 T mNaphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.

22 IT Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well, whose f branches run over the wall:

23 The archers have "sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

24 But his "bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands off the mighty Godo{ Jacob: («from thence ris the shepherd, 'the stone of Israel:)

25 'Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee, "and by the Almighty, xwho shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts and of the womb:

26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors, yunto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; *they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

27. If Benjamin shall "raven as a wolf; in the morning he shall devour the prey,6 and at night he shall divide the spoil.

28 IT All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them: every one according to his blessing he blessed them.

29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I cam to be gathered unto my people: "bury me with my fathers 'in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,

30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan,•''which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite, for a possession of a buvying-place.

31 ('There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; n there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.)

32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein, was from the children of Heth.

33 And whenJacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and 'was gathered unto his people.

CHAP. L.

I The mourning fyr Jacob. 4 Joseph gettelh leave of Pharaoh to go to bury him. 24 He prophesieth unto his brethren of their return. 25 lit taketk an oath of them for his bones. 26 He dieth.

AND Joseph "fell upon his father's face, and *wept upon him, and kissed him.

2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to c embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel.

3 And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians \ rfniourned for him threescore and ten days.

4 And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto 'the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,

o ^ly father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave 'which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.

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Joseph's age and death.

6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.

7 IT And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,

8 And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.

9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company.

10 And they came to the threshing-floor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they * mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: 'and he made a mourning for his father seven days.

11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called || Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan.

12 And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them: 1

13 For 'his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham 'bought with the field for a possession of a burying-place of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.

14 it And Joseph returned into Egypt, he and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.

15 IT And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, "they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.

16 And they f sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

17 So shall ye say unto JJoseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass or thy brethren, and their sin; "for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of "the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.

18 And his brethren also went and'fell down before his face: and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.

19 And Joseph said unto them, «Fear not: 'for am I in the place of God? r ::

20 'But as for you, ye thought evil against me: but'God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive:

21 Now therefore fear ye not: "I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake \ kindly unto them.

22 HAnd Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.

23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children *of the thirVl generation: Hhe children also of Macbir, the son of Manasseh,x were t brought up upon Joseph's knees.

24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die; and, 8 God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land, unto the land 4 which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

25 And 'Joseph took an oath of the children ot Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.

26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they ''embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

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The SECOND Book of Moses, called EXODUS.

CHAP. I.

22 Pharaoh commandelh the malt children to be cast into the rivtr.

NOW "these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob.

2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,

3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,

4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

5 And all the souls that came out of the f loins of Jacob were * seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egvpt dremfy.\»«L <»..'f nit

6 And c Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.

7 Ifd And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.

8 Now tnere 'arose up a new king over Egypty which knew not Joseph.

9 And he said unto his people, Behold/the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we.

10 * Come on, let us *deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto Our enemies, anil fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

11 Therefore they did set over them task-masters, ■to afflict them with their*burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure-cities, Pithom, 'and Raamses.

12 t But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour.

14 And they '''made their lives bitter with hard bondage, "in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service wherein they made them serve was with rigour.

15 IT And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew mid wives (of wnich the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah;)

16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him; but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.

17 But the mid wives 'feared God, and did not *as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men-children alive.,!

18 And the king of Eijypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have you done this thing, and have saved the men-children alive?

19 And7 the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew Women are hot as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.

20 'Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, 'that he made them houses!' \

22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, 'Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

,!! lib; v-»c'i 'iCHAP. II.

2 ifota it born, 8 and in an ark cast into the flags. 11 He tlayeth an .,,,!»,,! Egyptian. 21 lie marrielh Zipporah.

AND there went a "man of the house of Levi, anditook to wife & daughter of Levi.

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, 2 And the woman conceived and bare a son: and 6 when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it on the flags by the liver's brink.

4 'And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him: t ?!(V((f lu.jtm

5 f And the ''daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side: and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it:

6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.

7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go, and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?

8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother.

9 And Pharaoh's" daughter said unto her, Take this child away and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child and nursed it.

10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became 'her son. And she called his name || Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water. ■ *1

11 lAnd it came to pass in those days, /when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their 'burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.

12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he Aslew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

13 And 'when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow:?

14 And he said, *Who made thee ta prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou kiIledst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.

la Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But 'Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by ma well. . > <nu

16 "Now the || priest of Midian had seven daughters: 'and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.

1 / And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and ''watered their flock. «

18 And when they came to "Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to-day?

19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.

20 And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may reat bread. • i <

21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses, 'Zipporah his daughter.

22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name 3Ioses sent to deliver Israel: ,- r r i si

II'Gershom; for he said, I have been "a stranger in a strange land.

23 1 And it came to pass, "in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel "sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried; and 1 their cry came up unto God, by reason of the bondage.

24 And God "heard their groaning^ and God * remembered his 'covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

25 And God ''looked upon the children of Israel, and God f'had respect unto them.

CHAP. III.

2 Ood appeareth to Motes in a burning bush. 9 He sendeth him to deliver Israel. 14 The name of Ood. 16 His message to Israel.

NOW Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-inlaw, • the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the back side of the desert, and came to 'the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

2 And rthe Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this ''great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

4 And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to soe, God called' unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here am I.

5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: sput off thy shoes from off thy feet; for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

6 Moreover he said, gI am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for *he was afraid to look upon God.

7 If And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry *by reason of their taskmasters; for 'I know their sorrows: u'i n.iif I

8 And '"I am come down to "deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land, 'unto a good land, and a large, unto a land 'flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of »the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. . .<!;;'

9 Now therefore, behold, rthe cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the 'oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.

10 'Gome now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.

11 11 And Moses said unto God, "Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

12 And he said, 'Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

14 And God said unto Mbses, I AM THAT I AM: And he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, "I AM hath sent me unto you.

lo And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus

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shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is 'my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

10 Go, and "gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, *I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:

17 And I have said, '1 will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt, unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

18 And ''they shall hearken to thy voice; and 'thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath f met with us; and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.

19 HAnd I am sure that the king of Egypt 'will not let you go, II no, not by a mighty hand.

20 And I will "stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with 'all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and. * after that he will let you go.

21 And 'I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty:

22 "But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and "ye shall spoil || the Egyptians.

CHAP. IV.

Moses' rod is turned into a serpent 14 Aaron is appointed to assist him. 21 Ood's message to Pharaoh. 24 Zipporah circumciseth her son. 27 Aaron is tent to meet Moses.

AND Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee, .

2 And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, "A rod.

3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent: and Moses fled from before it.

4 And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

5 That they may 'believe that 'the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

6 HAnd the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous rfas snowt>

7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom jain. And he put his hand into his bosom again,

and plucked it out of his bosom, atod, behold, 'it was turned again as his other flesh.

8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

9 And it snail come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, Moses is sent into Egypt. ,\

that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry /and: and^the water which thou taJkest out of the river f shall become blood upon the dryland.

10 II And Moses said unto the Lord, 0 my Lord,-i am not f eloquent, neither f heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but 'I am slow of s.peech, and of a slow tongue.

11 And the Lord said unto him, AWho hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?

12 Now therefore go, and I will be' with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

13. And he said, 0 my Lord, *send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou || wilt send.

14 And I the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother ? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, 'he cometh forth to meet thee : and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.

15 And "thoushalt speak unto him,and"put words in his mouth : and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and 'will teach you what ye shall do

16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people : and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mbuth, and ''thou shalt be to him instead of God.

17 And thou shalt take Hhis rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.

18 II And Moses went, and returned to t Jethro his father-in-law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro saitj to Moses, Go in peaces .ii

19 And the Lord said unto Moses fin Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for rall the men are dead which sought thy lite. -jii U-iA-nmi-yihua 'In

20 And Moses took his wife, and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt.' And Moses took 'the rod of God in his hand.

21 If And the Lord said unto Moses, When thou • goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those

'wondetfs before Pharaoh which I have put in thine hand : but "1 will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. ■

22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, * Israel is jay son, * even my fir3t-born.

23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, lI will slay thy son, even thy first-born.

24 HAnd it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord "met hint, and sought to tkill him.

25 Then Zipporah took ca sharp ||stone, and eut off the foreskin of her son, and f cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.

26 So he let him go : then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

27 IT And the Lord said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness "to meet Mioses. And he went, and met him in 'the mount of God, and kissed him.

28 And Moses •''told Aaron all the words of the Lord who had sent him, and all the * signs which he had commanded him.

29 IT And Moses and Aaron * went, and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel.

30 'And Aaron spake all the words which the Lord had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.

31 And the people * believed: and when they heard that the Lord had 'visited the children of Israel, and

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The Israelites' task increased.

that he m had looked upon their affliction, then "they bowed their heads and worshipped.

CHAP. V.

1 Fliaraoh chideth Motet and Aaron for their menage. 6 JJt increascth the Itraeliletf task. j,., . j •

AND afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold "a feast unto me in the wilderness.

2 And Pharaoh said, 'Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, 'neither will I let Israel go.

3 And they said, ''The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the Lord our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.

4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your 'burdens,

5 And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are ■'many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.

6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the s taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

7 Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. i

8 And the tale of the bricks which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish aught thereof: for they be idle; therefore, they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.

9 t Let there more wrork be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein: and let them not regard vain words. ..;•[ | ., ... ,f,r ,. .:.;t .,.,[,;..., „,,,:;

10 II And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the peqple, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.

11 Go ye, get you straw where you can find it: yet not aught of your work shiill be diminished. ■

12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt, to gather stubble instead of straw.

13 And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your f daily tasks^is when there was straw.

14 And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick, both yesterday and to-duy,, as heretofore? ," [

15 If Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?

16 There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make"brick: and behold, thy servants are beaten ; but the faults in thine own people.

17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go, and do sacrifice to the Lord.

18 Go therefore now, and work: for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.

19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil ease, after it was said, Ye shall not minish aught from your bricks of your daily task.

20 IT And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:

21 * And they said unto them, The Lord look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour

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