Exodus 4:8
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New International Version
Then the LORD said, "If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second.

New Living Translation
The LORD said to Moses, "If they do not believe you and are not convinced by the first miraculous sign, they will be convinced by the second sign.

English Standard Version
“If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign.

New American Standard Bible
"If they will not believe you or heed the witness of the first sign, they may believe the witness of the last sign.

King James Bible
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If they will not believe you and will not respond to the evidence of the first sign, they may believe the evidence of the second sign.

International Standard Version
"Then if they don't believe you and respond to the first sign, they may respond to the second sign.

NET Bible
"If they do not believe you or pay attention to the former sign, then they may believe the latter sign.

New Heart English Bible
"It will happen, if they will neither believe you nor listen to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Then the LORD said,] "If they won't believe you or pay attention to the first miraculous sign, they may believe the second.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

New American Standard 1977
“And it shall come about that if they will not believe you or heed the witness of the first sign, they may believe the witness of the last sign.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

King James 2000 Bible
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe you, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

American King James Version
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe you, neither listen to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

American Standard Version
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If they will not believe thee, saith he, nor hear the voice of the former sign, they will believe the word of the latter sign.

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the other sign.

English Revised Version
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

World English Bible
"It will happen, if they will neither believe you nor listen to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

Young's Literal Translation
' -- and it hath come to pass, if they do not give credence to thee, and hearken not to the voice of the first sign, that they have given credence to the voice of the latter sign.
Study Bible
Moses' Hand
7Then He said, "Put your hand into your bosom again." So he put his hand into his bosom again, and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. 8"If they will not believe you or heed the witness of the first sign, they may believe the witness of the last sign. 9"But if they will not believe even these two signs or heed what you say, then you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground; and the water which you take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground."…
Cross References
Exodus 4:7
Then He said, "Put your hand into your bosom again." So he put his hand into his bosom again, and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh.

Exodus 4:9
"But if they will not believe even these two signs or heed what you say, then you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground; and the water which you take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground."

Exodus 4:28
Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which He had sent him, and all the signs that He had commanded him to do.

Exodus 4:31
So the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped.
Treasury of Scripture

And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe you, neither listen to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

if they.

Exodus 4:30,31 And Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses, …

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be on precept, precept on precept; line on line, …

John 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed …

that they.

Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, …

2 Kings 5:7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, …

Job 5:18 For he makes sore, and binds up: he wounds, and his hands make whole.

(8) The voice of the first sign.--Not "the voice of Moses witnessed to by the first sign" (Rosenmller), but the voice, which the sign itself might be regarded as uttering. (Comp. Psalm 105:27, where Moses and Aaron are said to have proclaimed "the words of God's signs.") A miracle speaks to men.

They will believe, i.e., most of them. Accustomed to the tricks of the serpent charmers (see Exodus 7:11 and comment ad loc.), the Israelites might be unmoved by the sight of the first miracle. They were then to be shown the second, which would be much more astonishing to them, having no parallel in their experience. This would persuade the greater number. As some, however, might still doubt, a third sign was provided. God is patient with all reasonable doubt.

Verse 8. - The voice of the first sign. Some understand "the voice of Moses as he gave them the first sign;" but it is better to regard the sign itself as speaking to them. According to the sacred writers everything that can teach us anything - day, night, the heavens, the firmament, the beasts, the fowls of the air, the fishes, nay, the very stones - have a voice. They teach us, speak to us, declare to us, cry out aloud, lift up their voice, shout, sing, proclaim God's will, whether man will hear or whether he will forbear. (See Psalm 19:1-3; Job 12:7, 3; Habakkuk 2:11; Luke 19:40, etc.) Equally, or rather much more, must a miracle be regarded as having a voice. God speaks to us by it. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee,.... Will not give credit to the commission he had from God, but question the truth of it:

neither hearken to the voice of the first sign; which miracle wrought, spoke plain enough that he that wrought it, or for whose sake it was wrought, must be one come from God, or such a miracle would never be wrought by him or for him; but should any of the Israelites be still incredulous, it is supposed:

that they will believe the voice of the latter sign; which had a voice in it commanding belief that he was a messenger of God; the first sign respects his rod, the other his hand. 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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