Exodus 3:19
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New International Version
But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him.

New Living Translation
"But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand forces him.

English Standard Version
But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand.

New American Standard Bible
"But I know that the king of Egypt will not permit you to go, except under compulsion.

King James Bible
And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, I know that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go, unless he is forced by a strong hand.

International Standard Version
I know that the king of Egypt won't allow you to go unless compelled to do so by force,

NET Bible
But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go, not even under force.

New Heart English Bible
I know that the king of Egypt won't give you permission to go, except by a mighty hand.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go, even if he is forced to.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I know that the king of Egypt will not give you leave to go, except by a mighty hand.

New American Standard 1977
“But I know that the king of Egypt will not permit you to go, except under compulsion.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go except by a mighty hand.

King James 2000 Bible
And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.

American King James Version
And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.

American Standard Version
And I know that the king of Egypt will not give you leave to go, no, not by a mighty hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go, but by a mighty hand.

Darby Bible Translation
But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a powerful hand.

English Revised Version
And I know that the king of Egypt will not give you leave to go, no, not by a mighty hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.

World English Bible
I know that the king of Egypt won't give you permission to go, no, not by a mighty hand.

Young's Literal Translation
'And I -- I have known that the king of Egypt doth not permit you to go, unless by a strong hand,
Study Bible
Moses at the Burning Bush
18"They will pay heed to what you say; and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him, 'The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So now, please, let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.' 19"But I know that the king of Egypt will not permit you to go, except under compulsion. 20"So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My miracles which I shall do in the midst of it; and after that he will let you go.…
Cross References
Exodus 5:2
But Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and besides, I will not let Israel go."

Exodus 6:1
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for under compulsion he will let them go, and under compulsion he will drive them out of his land."

Exodus 7:4
"When Pharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by great judgments.
Treasury of Scripture

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

will not.

Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to …

Exodus 7:4 But Pharaoh shall not listen to you, that I may lay my hand on Egypt, …

no, not by a mighty hand. or, but by a strong hand.

Exodus 6:1 Then the LORD said to Moses, Now shall you see what I will do to …

Exodus 7:1 And the LORD said to Moses, See, I have made you a god to Pharaoh: …

Exodus 8:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, Go to Pharaoh, and say to him, Thus …

Exodus 9:1 Then the LORD said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus …

Exodus 10:1 And the LORD said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh: for I have hardened …

Exodus 11:1 And the LORD said to Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more on Pharaoh, …

Exodus 12:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,

Exodus 13:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

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

Psalm 136:11,12 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endures for ever…

Isaiah 63:12,13 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing …

(19) I am sure.--Heb., I know, which is more suitable, since it is God who speaks, and to Him the future is known with as absolute a certainty as the past.

No, not by a mighty hand.--Rather, not even under a mighty hand (ne quidem valida manu castigatus, Rosenmller). Pharaoh, even when chastised by My mighty hand, will not voluntarily permit of your departure (see Exodus 14:5-23).

Verse 19. - I am sure. Literally, "I know," a better rendering, since, "I am sure" implies something leas than knowledge. No, not by a mighty hand. Or "not even by a mighty hand." Pharaoh will not be willing to let you go even when my mighty hand is laid upon him. (See Exodus 8:15, 19, 32; Exodus 9:12, 35; Exodus 10:20, 27.) "But by strong hand" (marg.) is a rendering which the rules of grammar do not permit. And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go,.... Or "but" (c) "I am sure", &c. though so reasonable a request was made him, yet it would not be granted; this is observed to them, that they might not be discouraged when he should refuse to dismiss them, which the omniscient God knew beforehand, and acquaints them with it, that, when it came to pass, they might be induced to believe that the mission of Moses was of God, rather than the contrary:

no, not by a mighty hand; the mighty power of God displayed once and again, even in nine plagues inflicted on him, until the tenth and last came upon him; or "unless by a mighty hand" (d), even the almighty hand of God; prayers, entreaties, persuasions, and arguments, will signify nothing, unless the mighty power of God is exerted upon him.

(c) "ego autem", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "sed ego", V. L. (d) Sept. "nisi", V. L. Pagninus, Vatablus; so Noldius, p. 344. No. 1246. 3:16-22 Moses' success with the elders of Israel would be good. God, who, by his grace, inclines the heart, and opens the ear, could say beforehand, They shall hearken to thy voice; for he would make them willing in this day of power. As to Pharaoh, Moses is here told that petitions and persuasions, and humble complaints, would not prevail with him; nor a mighty hand stretched out in signs and wonders. But those will certainly be broken by the power of God's hand, who will not bow to the power of his word. Pharaoh's people should furnish Israel with riches at their departure. In Pharaoh's tyranny and Israel's oppression, we see the miserable, abject state of sinners. However galling the yoke, they drudge on till the Lord sends redemption. With the invitations of the gospel, God sends the teaching of his Spirit. Thus are men made willing to seek and to strive for deliverance. Satan loses his power to hold them, they come forth with all they have and are, and apply all to the glory of God and the service of his church.
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