Exodus 3:12
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New International Version
And God said, "I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain."

New Living Translation
God answered, "I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain."

English Standard Version
He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

New American Standard Bible
And He said, "Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain."

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He answered, "I will certainly be with you, and this will be the sign to you that I have sent you: when you bring the people out of Egypt, you will all worship God at this mountain."

International Standard Version
Then God 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."

NET Bible
He replied, "Surely I will be with you, and this will be the sign to you that I have sent you: When you bring the people out of Egypt, you and they will serve God on this mountain."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God answered, "I will be with you. And this will be the proof that I sent you: When you bring the people out of Egypt, all of you will worship God on this mountain."

Jubilee Bible 2000
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.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, Certainly I will be with you; and this shall be a token unto you, that I have sent you: When you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God upon this mountain.

American King James Version
And he said, Certainly I will be with you; and this shall be a token to you, that I have sent you: When you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.

American Standard Version
And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be the 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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to him: I will be with thee: and this thou shalt have for a sign, that I have sent thee: When thou shalt have brought my people out of Egypt, thou shalt offer sacrifice to God upon this mountain.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, For I will be with thee; and this shall be the sign to thee that I have sent thee: when thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

English Revised Version
And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be the 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.

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

World English Bible
He said, "Certainly I will be with you. This will be the token to you, that I have sent you: when you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain."

Young's Literal Translation
and He saith, 'Because I am with thee, and this is to thee the sign that I have sent thee: in thy bringing out the people from Egypt -- ye do serve God on this mount.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:11-15 Formerly Moses thought himself able to deliver Israel, and set himself to the work too hastily. Now, when the fittest person on earth for it, he knows his own weakness. This was the effect of more knowledge of God and of himself. Formerly, self-confidence mingled with strong faith and great zeal, now sinful distrust of God crept in under the garb of humility; so defective are the strongest graces and the best duties of the most eminent saints. But all objections are answered in, Certainly I will be with thee. That is enough. Two names God would now be known by. A name that denotes what he is in himself, I AM THAT I AM. This explains his name Jehovah, and signifies, 1. That he is self-existent: he has his being of himself. 2. That he is eternal and unchangeable, and always the same, yesterday, to-day, and for ever. 3. That he is incomprehensible; we cannot by searching find him out: this name checks all bold and curious inquiries concerning God. 4. That he is faithful and true to all his promises, unchangeable in his word as well as in his nature; let Israel know this, I AM hath sent me unto you. I am, and there is none else besides me. All else have their being from God, and are wholly dependent upon him. Also, here is a name that denotes what God is to his people. The Lord God of your fathers sent me unto you. Moses must revive among them the religion of their fathers, which was almost lost; and then they might expect the speedy performance of the promises made unto their fathers.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Certainly I will be with thee. Literally, "Since I will be with thee." Moses had excused himself on the ground of unfitness. God replies - "Thou wilt not be unfit, since I will be with thee - I will supply thy deficiencies - I will impart all the qualities thou needest - and this shall be a sign unto thee of my power and faithfulness - this shall assure thee that I am not sending thee upon a fruitless errand - it is determined in my counsels that not only shalt thou succeed, and lead the people out, but after that, - when thou hast so done - thou and they together shall serve me on this mountain." The "sign" was one which appealed to faith only, like that given to Hezekiah by Isaiah (2 Kings 19:29), but, if accepted, it gave a full assurance - the second step involved the first - the end implied the means - if Moses was of a certainty to bring the Israelites to Sinai, he must first lead them out of Egypt - he must in some way or other triumph over all the difficulties which would beset the undertaking.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said, certainly I will be with thee,.... To encourage and strengthen him; to protect, defend, and preserve him, and to succeed and prosper him; to give him credit and respect with the people of Israel, and influence over Pharaoh to prevail upon him at length to let Israel go:

and this shall be a token unto thee that I have sent thee; not the promise now made, nor the vision he had seen, but what follows:

when thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain: Mount Horeb or Sinai, as they did at the time of the giving of the law on it, when an altar was built upon a hill, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, Exodus 24:4 and this was a sign, "a posteriori", confirming the divine mission of Moses; and besides the promise of this, on which Moses might depend, being made by the Lord, assured him of success, that he should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt, since he and they would serve the Lord together at this mountain, and from whence he might conclude he had a mission and commission from God. Of a like kind is the sign or token given of the deliverance of Jerusalem from the army of Sennacherib, Isaiah 37:30.



Exodus 3:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Moses at the Burning Bush
11But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?" 12And He said, "Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain." 13Then Moses said to God, "Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, 'What is His name?' What shall I say to them?"…
Cross References
Acts 7:7
But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,' God said, 'and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.'

Genesis 31:3
Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you."

Exodus 3:1
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Exodus 3:13
Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?"

Exodus 4:12
Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."

Exodus 4:15
You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do.

Exodus 18:5
Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, together with Moses' sons and wife, came to him in the wilderness, where he was camped near the mountain of God.

Exodus 19:1
On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt--on that very day--they came to the Desert of Sinai.

Exodus 19:2
After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.

Exodus 19:3
Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, "This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel:

Exodus 33:14
The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."

Numbers 16:28
Then Moses said, "This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea:

Numbers 23:21
"No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel. The LORD their God is with them; the shout of the King is among them.

Deuteronomy 31:23
The LORD gave this command to Joshua son of Nun: "Be strong and courageous, for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you."

Joshua 1:5
No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Judges 6:16
The LORD answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive."

2 Kings 19:29
"This will be the sign for you, Hezekiah: "This year you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Jeremiah 1:8
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said, Certainly I will be with you; and this shall be a token to you, that I have sent you: When you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.

Certainly.

Exodus 4:12,15 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth, and teach you what …

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, …

Genesis 31:3 And the LORD said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers, and …

Deuteronomy 31:23 And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and …

Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days …

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through …

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with …

Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, …

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …

token.

Exodus 4:1-9 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, …

Genesis 15:8 And he said, LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

Judges 6:17,21,36-40 And he said to him, If now I have found grace in your sight, then …

Judges 7:11,13,14 And you shall hear what they say; and afterward shall your hands …

Psalm 86:17 Show me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and …

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin …

Isaiah 37:30 And this shall be a sign to you, You shall eat this year such as …

Jeremiah 43:9,10 Take great stones in your hand, and hide them in the clay in the …

Jeremiah 51:63,64 And it shall be, when you have made an end of reading this book, …

ye shall.

Exodus 19:1 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out …

Exodus 20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying,

Exodus 21:1 Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them.

Exodus 22:1 If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; …

Exodus 23:1 You shall not raise a false report: put not your hand with the wicked …

Exodus 24:1 And he said to Moses, Come up to the LORD, you, and Aaron, Nadab, …

Exodus 25:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Exodus 26:1 Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine …

Exodus 27:1 And you shall make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and …

Exodus 28:1 And take you to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from …

Exodus 29:1 And this is the thing that you shall do to them to hallow them, to …

Exodus 30:1 And you shall make an altar to burn incense on: of shittim wood shall …

Exodus 31:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Exodus 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the …

Exodus 33:1 And the LORD said to Moses, Depart, and go up hence, you and the …

Exodus 34:1 And the LORD said to Moses, Hew you two tables of stone like to the first…

Exodus 35:1 And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel …

Exodus 36:1 Then worked Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man…

Exodus 37:1 And Bezaleel made the ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half …

Exodus 38:1 And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits …

Exodus 39:1 And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, …

Exodus 40:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 1:1 And the LORD called to Moses, and spoke to him out of the tabernacle …

Leviticus 2:1 And when any will offer a meat offering to the LORD, his offering …

Leviticus 3:1 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer …

Leviticus 4:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 5:1 And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, …

Leviticus 6:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 7:1 Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy.

Leviticus 8:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 9:1 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and …

Leviticus 10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, …

Leviticus 11:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying to them,

Leviticus 12:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 13:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,

Leviticus 14:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 15:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,

Leviticus 16:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, …

Leviticus 17:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 18:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 19:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 20:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 21:1 And the LORD said to Moses, Speak to the priests the sons of Aaron, …

Leviticus 22:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 23:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 24:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 25:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses in mount Sinai, saying,

Leviticus 26:1 You shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither raise you up …

Leviticus 27:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Numbers 1:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle …

Numbers 2:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,

Numbers 3:1 These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that …

Numbers 4:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,

Numbers 5:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Numbers 6:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Numbers 7:1 And it came to pass on the day that Moses had fully set up the tabernacle, …

Numbers 8:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Numbers 9:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai…

Numbers 10:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

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