Exodus 4:24
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New International Version
At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him.

New Living Translation
On the way to Egypt, at a place where Moses and his family had stopped for the night, the LORD confronted him and was about to kill him.

English Standard Version
At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and sought to put him to death.

New American Standard Bible
Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the LORD met him and sought to put him to death.

King James Bible
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
On the trip, at an overnight campsite, it happened that the LORD confronted him and sought to put him to death.

International Standard Version
But later on, at the lodging place along the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him.

NET Bible
Now on the way, at a place where they stopped for the night, the LORD met Moses and sought to kill him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Along the way they stopped for the night. The LORD met Moses and tried to kill him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him and sought to kill him.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

American King James Version
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass on the way at the lodging-place, that Jehovah met him, and sought to kill him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he was in his journey, in the inn, the Lord met him, and would have killed him.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass on the way, in the inn, that Jehovah came upon him, and sought to slay him.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass on the way at the lodging place, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

World English Bible
It happened on the way at a lodging place, that Yahweh met Moses and wanted to kill him.

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass in the way, in a lodging place, that Jehovah meeteth him, and seeketh to put him to death;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:24-31 God met Moses in anger. The Lord threatened him with death or sent sickness upon him, as the punishment of his having neglected to circumcise his son. When God discovers to us what is amiss in our lives, we must give all diligence to amend it speedily. This is the voice of every rod; it calls us to return to Him that smites us. God sent Aaron to meet Moses. The more they saw of God's bringing them together, the more pleasant their interview was. The elders of Israel met them in faith, and were ready to obey them. It often happens, that less difficulty is found than was expected, in such undertakings as are according to the will of God, and for his glory. Let us but arise and try at our proper work, the Lord will be with us and prosper us. If Israel welcomed the tidings of their deliverance, and worshipped the Lord, how should we welcome the glad tidings of redemption, embrace it in faith, and adore the Redeemer!

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 24-26. - The transition is abrupt from the promise of triumph over Pharaoh to the threat of instant death. But we must bear in mind that some days may have elapsed between the two, and that the sin which provoked the menace was probably not committed at the date of the promise. The narrative of verses 24-26 is obscure from its brevity; but the most probable explanation of the circumstances is, that Zipporah had been delivered of her second son, Eliezer, some few days before she set out on the journey to Egypt. Childbirth, it must be remembered, in the East does not incapacitate a person from exertion for more than a day or two. On the journey, the eighth day from the birth of the child arrived, and his circumcision ought to have taken place; but Zipporah had a repugnance to the rite, and deferred it, Moses weakly consenting to the illegality. At the close of the eighth day, when Moses went to rest for the night, he was seized with a sudden and dangerous illness, which he regarded, and rightly regarded, as a God-inflicted punishment, sent to chastise his sin in breaking the Divine command (Genesis 17:10-12). Zipporah understood the matter in the same way; and, as her husband was too ill to perform the rite, she herself with her own hand cut off her boy's foreskin, and, still indignant at what she had been forced to do, cast it at her husband's feet, with the reproach - "Surely a bloody husband art thou to me." The rite once performed, however reluctantly, God remitted his anger, and. allowed Moses to recover his health, and pursue his journey. Verse 24. - It came to pass by the way in the inn. "Inns," in our sense of the word, were unknown in the East for many ages after the time of Moses, and are still of very rare occurrence. Khans or caravanserais take their place. These are unfurnished buildings, open to all travellers, who thus obtain shelter gratis? but must provide themselves with food, bedding, and all other necessaries. It is questioned, however, if even such a place as this is here meant. Probably, the malon of Moses' time was a mere recognised halting-place, in the vicinity of a well, at which travellers were accustomed to pass the night. The Lord met him and sought to kill him. A sudden seizure, followed by a dangerous illness, is generally thought to he intended (Knobel, Kalisch, Rosenmuller, Canon Cook); but the words seem more appropriate to a miraculous appearance, like that of the angel to Balaam (Numbers 22:31). Still, it is quite possible that nothing more than an illness is meant.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And it came to pass by the way, in the inn,.... As Moses and his family were travelling in their way to Egypt, at an inn where they stopped for the refreshment of themselves and cattle, or in order to lodge all night: so it was, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him; not the uncircumcised son of Moses, as some think, but Moses himself, who had neglected the circumcision of his son; that from the context, and the fact of Zipporah, after related, seems to be the reason of the divine displeasure, and not his bringing his family with him, supposed to be an hinderance of him in his work, nor of his staying too long at the inn, and not hastening his journey, which are the reasons given by some: and Moses's neglect of circumcision was not owing to the disuse of it among the Midianites, who being the descendants of Abraham, it is highly probable they retained this rite, and that it was used in Jethro's family, since Zipporah well understood the nature of it, and how to perform it; and it looks as if her eldest son had been circumcised before, seeing only one was now circumcised by her; but the Midianites perhaps followed the same practice as the Ishmaelites did, who were their neighbours, and the descendants of Abraham also, who deferred it till their children were thirteen years of age; or if this child was a very young one, it might have been put off, because of the journey they were just about to take, and purposing to do it when come into Egypt; but this was resented by the Lord in Moses, who had such knowledge of the law of God; and this displeasure of Jehovah might be signified either by inflicting some disease upon him, as Aben Ezra and Kimchi think, which threatened him with death, or by appearing in a terrible manner, as the angel of the Lord did to Balaam, with a drawn sword in his hand.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. inn—Hebrew, "a halting place for the night."

the Lord met him, and sought to kill him—that is, he was either overwhelmed with mental distress or overtaken by a sudden and dangerous malady. The narrative is obscure, but the meaning seems to be, that, led during his illness to a strict self-examination, he was deeply pained and grieved at the thought of having, to please his wife, postponed or neglected the circumcision of one of his sons, probably the younger. To dishonor that sign and seal of the covenant was criminal in any Hebrew, peculiarly so in one destined to be the leader and deliverer of the Hebrews; and he seems to have felt his sickness as a merited chastisement for his sinful omission. Concerned for her husband's safety, Zipporah overcomes her maternal feelings of aversion to the painful rite, performs herself, by means of one of the sharp flints with which that part of the desert abounds, an operation which her husband, on whom the duty devolved, was unable to do, and having brought the bloody evidence, exclaimed in the painful excitement of her feelings that from love to him she had risked the life of her child [Calvin, Bullinger, Rosenmuller].

Exodus 4:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Moses Leaves for Egypt
23"So I said to you, 'Let My son go that he may serve Me'; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn."'" 24Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the LORD met him and sought to put him to death. 25Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and threw it at Moses' feet, and she said, "You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me."…
Cross References
Genesis 17:14
Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant."

Numbers 22:22
But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

the inn. The account in this and the two following verses, although rather obscure, seems to imply, that on their way to the land of Egypt, an angel appeared to Moses, and sought to kill his son, on account of his father's non-observance of the Lord's positive command to Abraham, that every man child of the Jewish nation, or born in his house in servitude, should be circumcised on the eight day; and the Zipporah, at the command of Moses, immediately fulfilled the injunction, and thus averted the wrath of God, denounced against the disobedient: The uncircumcised man child, whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people.

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the Lord.

Exodus 3:18 And they shall listen to your voice: and you shall come, you and …

Numbers 22:22,23 And God's anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the …

1 Chronicles 21:16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand …

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sought.

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1 Kings 13:24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and …

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