English Standard Version
Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son,
King James Bible
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
American Standard Version
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith Jehovah, Israel is my son, my first-born:
And thou shalt say to him: Thus saith the Lord: Israel is my son, my firstborn.
English Revised Version
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, my firstborn:
Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt say to Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my first-born.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
And Aaron is quite ready to do so. He is already coming to meet thee, and is glad to see thee. The statement in Exodus 4:27, where Jehovah directs Aaron to go and meet Moses, is not at variance with this. They can both be reconciled in the following simple manner: "As soon as Aaron heard that his brother had left Midian, he went to meet him of his own accord, and then God showed him by what road he must go to find him, viz., towards the desert" (R. Mose ben Nachman). - "Put the words" (sc., which I have told thee) "into his mouth;" and I will support both thee and him in speaking. "He will be mouth to thee, and thou shalt be God to him." Cf. Exodus 7:1, "Thy brother Aaron shall be thy prophet." Aaron would stand in the same relation to Moses, as a prophet to God: the prophet only spoke what God inspired him with, and Moses should be the inspiring God to him. The Targum softens down the word "God" into "master, teacher." Moses was called God, as being the possessor and medium of the divine word. As Luther explains it, "Whoever possesses and believes the word of God, possesses the Spirit and power of God, and also the divine wisdom, truth, heart, mind, and everything that belongs to God." In Exodus 4:17, the plural "signs" points to the penal wonders that followed; for only one of the three signs given to Moses was performed with the rod.
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and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, "Out of Egypt I called my son."
They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises.
and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
"Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land."
And you shall say to him, 'The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, "Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness." But so far, you have not obeyed.
And I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.
For you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us, and Israel does not acknowledge us; you, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.
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