Exodus 4:2
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New International Version
Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied.

New Living Translation
Then the LORD asked him, "What is that in your hand?" "A shepherd's staff," Moses replied.

English Standard Version
The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.”

New American Standard Bible
The LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" And he said, "A staff."

King James Bible
And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD asked him, "What is that in your hand?"" A staff," he replied.

International Standard Version
"What's that in your hand?" the LORD asked him. Moses answered, "A staff."

NET Bible
The LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A staff."

New Heart English Bible
The LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A rod."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the LORD asked him, "What's that in your hand?" He answered, "A shepherd's staff."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD said unto him: 'What is that in thy hand?' And he said: 'A rod.'

New American Standard 1977
And the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thy hand? And he said, A rod.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD said unto him, What is that in your hand? And he said, A rod.

American King James Version
And the LORD said to him, What is that in your hand? And he said, A rod.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said unto him, What is that in thy hand? And he said, A rod.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then he said to him: What is that thou holdest in thy hand? He answered: A rod.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said to him, What is that in thy hand? And he said, A staff.

English Revised Version
And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD said to him, What is that in thy hand? And he said, A rod.

World English Bible
Yahweh said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A rod."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith unto him, 'What is this in thy hand?' and he saith, 'A rod;'
Study Bible
Moses' Staff
1Then Moses said, "What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, 'The LORD has not appeared to you.'" 2The LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" And he said, "A staff." 3Then He said, "Throw it on the ground." So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.…
Cross References
Exodus 4:17
"You shall take in your hand this staff, with which you shall perform the signs."

Exodus 4:20
So 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.

Exodus 7:9
"When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, 'Work a miracle,' then you shall say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.'"

Exodus 7:15
"Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he is going out to the water, and station yourself to meet him on the bank of the Nile; and you shall take in your hand the staff that was turned into a serpent.
Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD said to him, What is that in your hand? And he said, A rod.

a rod.

Exodus 4:17,20 And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do signs…

Genesis 30:37 And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut …

Leviticus 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatever …

Psalm 110:2 The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule you …

Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with …

Micah 7:14 Feed your people with your rod, the flock of your heritage, which …

(2) A rod.--Most commentators regard the "rod" of Moses as his shepherd's crook, and this is certainly possible; but the etymology of the word employed seems rather to point to an ordinary staff, or walking-stick. Egyptians of rank usually carried long batons; and one suggestion is, that the rod of Moses was "that which he had been accustomed to carry as the son of Pharaoh's daughter." But even if this was still in his possession after forty years of exile, he is not likely to have taken it with him when he went a-shepherding. Probably the "rod" was a common staff, such as a shepherd of eighty years old might need for a support.

Verse 2. - A rod. Or "a staff." Some suppose the ordinary shepherd's staff, or crook, to be meant; but it is objected that this would have been an unfit object to have brought into the presence of Pharaoh (Kalisch), being unsuitable for a court, and emblematic of an occupation which the Egyptians loathed (Genesis 46:34); and the suggestion is therefore made, that it was the baton or long stick commonly carried by Egyptians of good position and especially by persons in authority. But Moses in Midian, forty years after he quitted Egypt, is not likely to have possessed such an article; nor, if he had possessed it, would he have taken it with him when shepherding. Probably a simple staff, the natural support of a man of advanced years, is meant. And the Lord said unto him,.... Not reproving him for contradicting him, or showing any diffidence of what he had said; but rather as approving the hint he gave of having some sign or miracle wrought, to command from the Israelites an assent unto him, as commissioned of God to deliver them:

what is that in thine hand? which question is put, not as being ignorant of what it was, but to lead on to what he had further to say, and to the working of the miracle:

and he said, a rod; or staff, such as shepherds use in the management of their flocks, for Moses was now feeding the flock of his father-in-law; but Aben Ezra seems rather to think it was a walking staff, such as ancient men lean upon, since Moses did not go to Pharaoh after the manner of a shepherd; yea, it may be added, he went with the authority of a prince or ruler of Israel, and even with the authority of the ambassador of the King of kings. 2. the Lord said, … What is that in thine hand?—The question was put not to elicit information which God required, but to draw the particular attention of Moses.

A rod—probably the shepherd's crook—among the Arabs, a long staff, with a curved head, varying from three to six feet in length.4:1-9 Moses objects, that the people would not take his word, unless he showed them some sign. God gives him power to work miracles. But those who are now employed to deliver God's messages to men, need not the power to work miracles: their character and their doctrines are to be tried by that word of God to which they appeal. These miracles especially referred to the miracles of the Lord Jesus Christ. It belonged to Him only, to cast the power of the devil out of the soul, and to heal the soul of the leprosy of sin; and so it was for Him first to cast the devil out of the body, and to heal the leprosy of the body.
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