Exodus 4:16
New International Version
He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.

New Living Translation
Aaron will be your spokesman to the people. He will be your mouthpiece, and you will stand in the place of God for him, telling him what to say.

English Standard Version
He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him.

Berean Study Bible
He will speak to the people for you. He will be your spokesman, and it will be as if you were God to him.

King James Bible
And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.

New King James Version
So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God.

New American Standard Bible
He shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him.

NASB 1995
"Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him.

NASB 1977
“Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and it shall come about that he shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be as God to him.

Amplified Bible
Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; he will act as a mouthpiece for you, and you will be as God to him [telling him what I say to you].

Christian Standard Bible
He will speak to the people for you. He will serve as a mouth for you, and you will serve as God to him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will speak to the people for you. He will be your spokesman, and you will serve as God to him.

American Standard Version
And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people; and it shall come to pass, that he shall be to thee a mouth, and thou shalt be to him as God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He shall speak for you with the people and he shall be an interpreter for you and you shall be for his God to him.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he shall speak for thee to the people, and he shall be thy mouth, and thou shalt be for him in things pertaining to God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall speak in thy stead to the people, and shall be thy mouth: but thou shalt be to him in those things that pertain to God.

English Revised Version
And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and it shall come to pass, that he shall be to thee a mouth, and thou shalt be to him as God.

Good News Translation
He will be your spokesman and speak to the people for you. Then you will be like God, telling him what to say.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Aaron will speak to the people for you. He will be your spokesman, and you will be like God.

International Standard Version
He is to speak to the people for you as your spokesman and you are to act in the role of God for him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people; and it shall come to pass, that he shall be to thee a mouth, and thou shalt be to him in God's stead.

Literal Standard Version
and he, he has spoken to the people for you, and it has come to pass, he is to you for a mouth, and you are to him for God;

NET Bible
He will speak for you to the people, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were his God.

New Heart English Bible
He will be your spokesman to the people; and it will happen, that he will be to you a mouth, and you will be to him as God.

World English Bible
He will be your spokesman to the people; and it will happen, that he will be to you a mouth, and you will be to him as God.

Young's Literal Translation
and he, he hath spoken for thee unto the people, and it hath come to pass, he -- he is to thee for a mouth, and thou -- thou art to him for God;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Appointment of Aaron
15You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth. I will help both of you to speak, and I will teach you what to do. 16He will speak to the people for you. He will be your spokesman, and it will be as if you were God to him. 17But take this staff in your hand so you can perform signs with it.”…

Cross References
Exodus 4:12
Now go! I will help you as you speak, and I will teach you what to say."

Exodus 4:30
and Aaron relayed everything the LORD had said to Moses. And Moses performed the signs before the people,

Exodus 7:1
The LORD answered Moses, "See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.

Exodus 7:2
You are to speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his land.

Jeremiah 36:32
Then Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to the scribe Baruch son of Neriah, and at Jeremiah's dictation he wrote on it all the words of the scroll that Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire. And many similar words were added to them.


Treasury of Scripture

And he shall be your spokesman to the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to you instead of a mouth, and you shall be to him instead of God.

Exodus 7:1,2
And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet…

Exodus 18:19
Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:

Psalm 82:6
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.









(16) He shall be thy spokesman.--Heb.,He shall speak for thee.

He shall be, even he shall be.--Rather, it shall come to pass that he shall be, &c.

Instead of God.--God did not speak to Aaron directly, but only through Moses. Aaron was to recognise in Moses God's mouthpiece, and to consider what Moses told him as coming from God. Moses had still, therefore, the higher position.

Verse 16. - He shall be thy spokesman. Literally, "He shall speak for thee." He shall be, even he. It is the verb that is repeated, not the pronoun. Probably the meaning is, "he shall surely be." There is no comparison between Aaron and anyone else. Thou shalt be to him instead of God. Divine inspiration, that is, shall rest on thee; and it shall be his duty to accept thy words as Divine words, and to do all that thou biddest him.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
He
ה֥וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

will speak
וְדִבֶּר־ (wə·ḏib·ber-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the people for you.
הָעָ֑ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

He
הוּא֙ (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

will be
וְהָ֤יָה (wə·hā·yāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

your spokesman,
לְפֶ֔ה (lə·p̄eh)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

and it will be
תִּֽהְיֶה־ (tih·yeh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

as if you were
וְאַתָּ֖ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

God
לֵֽאלֹהִֽים׃ (lê·lō·hîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

to him.
לּ֥וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew


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