Exodus 4:19
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New International Version
Now the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead."

New Living Translation
Before Moses left Midian, the LORD said to him, "Return to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you have died."

English Standard Version
And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.”

New American Standard Bible
Now the LORD said to Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead."

King James Bible
And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now in Midian the LORD told Moses, "Return to Egypt, for all the men who wanted to kill you are dead."

International Standard Version
The LORD told Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt, because all the men who wanted to kill you are dead."

NET Bible
The LORD said to Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt, because all the men who were seeking your life are dead."

New Heart English Bible
The LORD said to Moses in Midian, "Go, return into Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt, because all the men who wanted to kill you are dead."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian: 'Go, return into Egypt; for all the men are dead that sought thy life.'

New American Standard 1977
Now the LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD also said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt, for all the men are dead who sought thy life.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead who sought your life.

American King James Version
And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought your life.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt; for all the men are dead that sought thy life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said to Moses, in Madian: Go, and return into Egypt: for they are all dead that sought thy life.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said to Moses in Midian, Go, return to Egypt; for all the men are dead who sought thy life.

English Revised Version
And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt; for all the men are dead who sought thy life.

World English Bible
Yahweh said to Moses in Midian, "Go, return into Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith unto Moses in Midian, 'Go, turn back to Egypt, for all the men have died who seek thy life;'
Study Bible
Moses Leaves for Egypt
18Then Moses departed and returned to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, "Please, let me go, that I may return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see if they are still alive." And Jethro said to Moses, "Go in peace." 19Now the LORD said to Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead." 20So Moses took his wife and his sons and mounted them on a donkey, and returned to the land of Egypt. Moses also took the staff of God in his hand.…
Cross References
Exodus 2:15
When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.

Exodus 2:23
Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God.
Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought your life.

Midian. A country in Arabia Petr?a, on the eastern coast of the Red Sea, near Mount Sinai. This place is still called by the Arabs the Land of Midian, or of Jethro. Abulfeda, speaking of Midian, says, Madyan is a city, in ruins, on the shore of the Red Sea, on the opposite side to Tabuc, from which it is distant about six days' journey. At Midian may be seen the famous well at which Moses watered the flocks of Shoaib, (Jethro.) This city was the capital of the tribe of Midian in the days of the Israelites.

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Exodus 2:15,23 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses …

Matthew 2:20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into …

(19) In Midian.--Moses appears to have delayed his departure after he obtained permission to go from Jethro. Hence the address "Go, return," which is peremptory.

All the men which sought thy life.--Not only the Pharaoh (Exodus 2:23), but the kindred of the murdered man, and the officials empowered by the Pharaoh to arrest Moses. As forty years had elapsed since the homicide, this is readily conceivable.

Verse 19. - And the Lord said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return. It would seem that Moses was still reluctant, and was delaying his departure, even after he had obtained Jethro's leave to go. Perhaps he was making it an excuse to himself for not setting out that if he returned he might still suffer death on account of the offence which had driven him into exile. To remove this last impediment, God assured him that "all the men were dead who had sought his life." And the Lord said unto Moses in Midian,.... After he had obtained leave of his father-in-law to quit Midian, but before he left it:

go, return into Egypt: that is, directly, immediately; before he had only given him a commission at large to go thither, but had not fixed the time when he should go; but now he orders him to set forward at once:

for all the men are dead which sought thy life; to take it away, the king of Egypt, and his ministers, and the friends of the Egyptian Moses had slain; and this is said to encourage him to go; and though Moses had never expressed his fear on this account, or made it an objection, yet it might lie secretly in his heart, and be one reason of his backwardness to go into Egypt, and which was now removed. 19. all the men are dead which sought thy life—The death of the Egyptian monarch took place in the four hundred and twenty-ninth year of the Hebrew sojourn in that land, and that event, according to the law of Egypt, took off his proscription of Moses, if it had been publicly issued.4:18-23 After God had appeared in the bush, he often spake to Moses. Pharaoh had hardened his own heart against the groans and cries of the oppressed Israelites; and now God, in the way of righteous judgment, hardens his heart against the teaching of the miracles, and the terror of the plagues. But whether Pharaoh will hear, or whether he will forbear, Moses must tell him, Thus saith the Lord. He must demand a discharge for Israel, Let my son go; not only my servant, whom thou hast no right to detain, but my son. It is my son that serves me, and therefore must be spared, must be pleaded for. In case of refusal I will slay thy son, even thy first-born. As men deal with God's people, let them expect so to be dealt with.
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