At this time Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, the priest of Midian,
and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to the mountain of God, to Horeb.
There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the middle of a bush.
Moses looked and saw that the bush burned with fire, but it was not destroyed.
And he said: "I will stop here and see this great sight, and discover why the bush is not burnt."
When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, he called out of the middle of the bush and said:
"Here am I," answered Moses.
"Do not come near," God said.
"Take your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."
And God said further: "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob."
Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
And God said:"I have seen the misery of my people who are in Egypt and I have heard their cries because of their taskmasters. I realize their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians,
and to bring them out of that land into a land good and large,
into a land flowing with milk and honey.
"Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may lead forth my people,
the children of Israel, out of Egypt."
But Moses said to the Lord: "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh,
and that I should lead forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
And God said: "Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be a token that I have sent you: When you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God upon this mountain."
Then Moses said to the Lord: "When I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of
your fathers has sent me to you'
and they say to me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?"
And God said: "This you shall say to the children of Israel:'The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob has sent me to you.
"'Yahweh is my name for ever, and by this I will be remembered to all generations.'
"Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and tell them all that I have said to you.
They shall listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, 'The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us, and we beg you to let us go three days' journey into the wilderness, so that we may worship the Lord our God.'
"And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, but I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all my wonders. And after that he will let you go."
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