Exodus 4:11
New International Version
The LORD said to him, "Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

New Living Translation
Then the LORD asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD?

English Standard Version
Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Berean Study Bible
And the LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Or who makes the mute or the deaf, the sighted or the blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

King James Bible
And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

New King James Version
So the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?

New American Standard Bible
But the LORD said to him, “Who has made the human mouth? Or who makes anyone unable to speak or deaf, or able to see or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

NASB 1995
The LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

NASB 1977
And the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Amplified Bible
The LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute or the deaf, or the seeing or the blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Christian Standard Bible
The LORD said to him, “Who placed a mouth on humans? Who makes a person mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yahweh said to him, "Who made the human mouth? Who makes him mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, Yahweh?

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? Or who maketh a man dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, Jehovah?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And LORD JEHOVAH said to him, “Who made the mouth of man, or who made the dumb man, or the deaf man, or the opened, or the blind? Is it not I, LORD JEHOVAH?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the Lord said to Moses, Who has given a mouth to man, and who has made the very hard of hearing, and the deaf, the seeing and the blind? have not I, God?

Contemporary English Version
But the LORD answered, "Who makes people able to speak or makes them deaf or unable to speak? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Don't you know that I am the one who does these things?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord said to him: Who made man's mouth? or who made the dumb and the deaf, the seeing and the blind? did not I?

English Revised Version
And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh a man dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? is it not I the LORD?

Good News Translation
The LORD said to him, "Who gives man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or dumb? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? It is I, the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD asked him, "Who gave humans their mouths? Who makes humans unable to talk or hear? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? It is I, the LORD!

International Standard Version
Then God asked him, "Who gives a person a mouth? Who makes him unable to speak, or deaf, or able to see, or blind, or lame? Is it not I, the LORD?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD said unto him: 'Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh a man dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? is it not I the LORD?

Literal Standard Version
And YHWH says to him, “Who appointed a mouth for man? Or who appoints the mute, or deaf, or open, or blind? Is it not I, YHWH?

NET Bible
The LORD said to him, "Who gave a mouth to man, or who makes a person mute or deaf or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

New Heart English Bible
The LORD said to him, "Who made man?s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Is it not I, God?

World English Bible
Yahweh said to him, "Who made man's mouth? Or who makes one mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Isn't it I, Yahweh?

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith unto him, 'Who appointed a mouth for man? or who appointeth the dumb, or deaf, or open, or blind? is it not I, Jehovah?

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Appointment of Aaron
10“Please, Lord,” Moses replied, “I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since You have spoken to Your servant, for I am slow of speech and tongue.” 11And the LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Or who makes the mute or the deaf, the sighted or the blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12Now go! I will help you as you speak, and I will teach you what to say.”…

Cross References
Matthew 11:5
The blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.

Luke 1:20
And now you will be silent and unable to speak until the day this comes to pass, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time."

Luke 1:64
Immediately Zechariah's mouth was opened and his tongue was released, and he began to speak, praising God.

John 10:21
But others replied, "These are not the words of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

Genesis 11:7
Come, let Us go down and confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another's speech."

Psalm 94:9
He who affixed the ear, can He not hear? He who formed the eye, can He not see?

Psalm 146:8
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind, the LORD lifts those who are weighed down, the LORD loves the righteous.

Proverbs 20:12
Ears that hear and eyes that see--the LORD has made them both.

Jeremiah 1:9
Then the LORD reached out His hand, touched my mouth, and said to me: "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.


Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD said to him, Who has made man's mouth? or who makes the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

Genesis 18:14
Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

Psalm 51:15
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

Psalm 94:9
He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?









(11) Who maketh.--Rather, hath made.

Verses 11-13. - Who hath made man's mouth! God could and would have cured the defect in Moses' speech, whatever it was; could and would have added eloquence to his other gifts, if he had even at this point yielded himself up unreservedly to his guidance and heartily accepted his mission. Nothing is too hard for the Lord. He gives all powers - sight, and hearing, and speech included - to whom he will. He would have been "with Moses' mouth," removing all hesitation or indistinctness, and have "taught him what to say" - supplied the thought and the language by which to express it - if Moses would have let him. But the reply in ver. 13 shut up the Divine bounty, prevented its outpour, and left Moses the ineffective speaker which he was content to be. The words, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom Thou wilt send, are curt and ungracious; much curter in the original than in our version. They contain a grudging acquiescence. But for the deprecatory particle with which they commence - the same as in ver. 10, they would be almost rude. And we see the result in the next verse.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And the LORD
יְהוָ֜ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

said
וַיֹּ֨אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

to him,
אֵלָ֗יו (’ê·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

“Who
מִ֣י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

gave
שָׂ֣ם (śām)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

man
לָֽאָדָם֒ (lā·’ā·ḏām)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

his mouth?
פֶּה֮ (peh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

Or
א֚וֹ (’ōw)
Conjunction
Strong's 176: Desire, if

who
מִֽי־ (mî-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

makes
יָשׂ֣וּם (yā·śūm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

him mute
אִלֵּ֔ם (’il·lêm)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 483: Mute (unable to speak)

or
א֣וֹ (’ōw)
Conjunction
Strong's 176: Desire, if

deaf,
חֵרֵ֔שׁ (ḥê·rêš)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2795: Deaf

sighted
פִקֵּ֖חַ (p̄iq·qê·aḥ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6493: Clear-sighted, intelligent

or
א֣וֹ (’ōw)
Conjunction
Strong's 176: Desire, if

blind?
עִוֵּ֑ר (‘iw·wêr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 5787: Blind

Is it not
הֲלֹ֥א (hă·lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

I,
אָנֹכִ֖י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 595: I

the LORD?
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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