Exodus 4:13
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New International Version
But Moses said, "Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else."

New Living Translation
But Moses again pleaded, "Lord, please! Send anyone else."

English Standard Version
But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”

New American Standard Bible
But he said, "Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will."

King James Bible
And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Moses said, "Please, Lord, send someone else."

International Standard Version
Moses said, "Please, LORD, send somebody else."

NET Bible
But Moses said, "O my Lord, please send anyone else whom you wish to send!"

New Heart English Bible
He said, "Oh, Lord, please send someone else."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But Moses said, "Please, Lord, send someone else."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said: 'Oh Lord, send, I pray Thee, by the hand of him whom Thou wilt send.'

New American Standard 1977
But he said, “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever Thou wilt.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray you, by the hand of another whom you will send.

American King James Version
And he said, O my LORD, send, I pray you, by the hand of him whom you will send.

American Standard Version
And he said, Oh, Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he said: I beseech thee, Lord send whom thou wilt send.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Ah Lord! send, I pray thee, by the hand [of him whom] thou wilt send.

English Revised Version
And he said, Oh Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

World English Bible
He said, "Oh, Lord, please send someone else."

Young's Literal Translation
and he saith, 'O, my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand Thou dost send.'
Study Bible
The Appointment of Aaron
12"Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say." 13But he said, "Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will." 14Then the anger of the LORD burned against Moses, and He said, "Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he speaks fluently. And moreover, behold, he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.…
Cross References
Exodus 4:12
"Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say."

Exodus 4:14
Then the anger of the LORD burned against Moses, and He said, "Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he speaks fluently. And moreover, behold, he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said, O my LORD, send, I pray you, by the hand of him whom you will send.

send.

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

Exodus 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before you, to keep you in the way, and to …

Genesis 24:7 The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and …

Genesis 48:16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let …

Judges 2:1 And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, …

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came …

Jeremiah 1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name…

Ezekiel 3:14,15 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, …

Jonah 1:3,6 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, …

Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather …

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you …

wilt send. or shouldest.

(13) Send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.--Rather, pray send by whom thou wilt. A curt, impatient, and scarcely reverent speech. Moses means that he will undertake the task if God insists; but that God would do far better to send another. Hence the "anger of the Lord" against him (Exodus 4:14), which led to Aaron's association with him as joint leader of the people.

And he said, O my Lord,.... Acknowledging his dominion, his sovereignty, his power to do the above things: or "on me, O Lord" (u), be the blame for making such objections; or on me let this work be devolved, since it is thy pleasure:

send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. Many of the ancient Christian fathers understand it of the Messiah that was to be sent, and as if Moses thought this was a fit time for the sending of him: and so Cocceius is of opinion, that nothing better can be understood, than that Moses desired that God would rather send him, whom Israel expected to be sent, even the Angel that should go before them; of whose mission see Exodus 23:20, but no particular person is intended, unless himself; and the common interpretation is, that God would send a more fit and proper person than he was; and that he would rather send anyone but him, and entreats to be excused; but I see not why this may not be understood of Moses assenting to his mission, and acquiescing in the will of God; as if he should say, since it must be so, the will of the Lord be done, let him send by whom he will, and since it is his pleasure to send by me, I submit; what may seem to contradict this is, the Lord's anger and resentment expressed in the following words; but that might be notwithstanding, since Moses had been so backward and reluctant, and made so many objections before he consented.

(u) "in me", Oleaster. 4:10-17 Moses continued backward to the work God designed him for; there was much of cowardice, slothfulness, and unbelief in him. We must not judge of men by the readiness of their discourse. A great deal of wisdom and true worth may be with a slow tongue. God sometimes makes choice of those as his messengers, who have the least of the advantages of art or nature, that his grace in them may appear the more glorious. Christ's disciples were no orators, till the Holy Spirit made them such. God condescends to answer the excuse of Moses. Even self-diffidence, when it hinders us from duty, or clogs us in duty, is very displeasing to the Lord. But while we blame Moses for shrinking from this dangerous service, let us ask our own hearts if we are not neglecting duties more easy, and less perilous. The tongue of Aaron, with the head and heart of Moses, would make one completely fit for this errand. God promises, I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth. Even Aaron, who could speak well, yet could not speak to purpose, unless God gave constant teaching and help; for without the constant aid of Divine grace, the best gifts will fail.
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