Exodus 4:29
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New International Version
Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites,

New Living Translation
Then Moses and Aaron returned to Egypt and called all the elders of Israel together.

English Standard Version
Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel.

Berean Study Bible
Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the Israelites,

New American Standard Bible
Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel;

King James Bible
And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:

Christian Standard Bible
Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the Israelites.

Contemporary English Version
Later they brought together the leaders of Israel,

Good News Translation
So Moses and Aaron went to Egypt and gathered all the Israelite leaders together.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the Israelites.

International Standard Version
Later, Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelis.

NET Bible
Then Moses and Aaron went and brought together all the Israelite elders.

New Heart English Bible
Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Moses and Aaron went [to Egypt] and assembled all the leaders of the people of Israel.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel.

New American Standard 1977
Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the sons of Israel:

King James 2000 Bible
And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:

American King James Version
And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:

American Standard Version
And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they came together, and they assembled all the ancients of the children of Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
And Moses and Aaron went and gathered all the elders of the children of Israel;

English Revised Version
And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:

Webster's Bible Translation
And Moses and Aaron went, and assembled all the elders of the children of Israel:

World English Bible
Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
And Moses goeth -- Aaron also -- and they gather all the elders of the sons of Israel,
Study Bible
The People Believe Moses and Aaron
28And Moses told Aaron everything the LORD had sent him to say, and all the signs He had commanded him to perform. 29Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the Israelites, 30and Aaron relayed everything that the LORD had said to Moses. And Moses performed the signs before the people,…
Cross References
Exodus 3:16
Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has appeared to me and said: I have surely attended to you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt.

Exodus 19:7
So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him.

Treasury of Scripture

And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:

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THE RETURN TO EGYPT.

(29) Moses and Aaron went.--The two brothers returned together from the Sinaitic region to Egypt. No particulars of the journey are narrated, nor can we even tell what was the route which they followed. On their arrival, they at once set themselves to carry out the charge committed to them (Exodus 3:16). The Israelites in Egypt, though suffering under severe oppression, had an organisation of their own, jurisdiction attaching probably to the heads of tribes, or of chief families. (Comp. Numbers 1:4-16.) These persons are here called "elders," which the LXX. render ??? ?????????, "the senate." Moses and Aaron could have no power to convoke them; but they invited them to a conference, and the elders came.

Verses 29-31. - Moses seems to have parted with Zipporah and his children in Horeb, and to have sent them back to Jethro (Exodus 18:2), perhaps because they might have interfered with the work which he had to do, perhaps because he thought Egypt would be no pleasant residence for them during the coming struggle. He journeyed onward from Horeb with Aaron for his sole companion, and had abundant time for taking counsel with him, and exercising the influence over him which high intellect and education combined will always give to their possessor. The journey from Horeb to Goshen occupied probably some weeks. On arriving in Goshen, the two brothers, in obedience to the divine command (Exodus 3:16), proceeded at once to "gather together all the elders of Israel" - that is, all these who exercised local authority over their countrymen in the various districts which they inhabited. Through the mouth of Aaron, Moses declared all that had been revealed to him at the burning bush and subsequently, exhibiting at the same time the credentials which proved him an ambassador from God, i.e. the three miracles which he had been empowered to work at any moment (Exodus 4:2-8). The elders, being themselves convinced, summoned an assembly of the people, as is implied though not expressed in ver. 30; and the people, having heard the words of Aaron and seen the signs, were also convinced, and bowing their heads, worshipped the God whose ambassadors had appeared before them. Verse 29. - On the elders of Israel, see note upon Exodus 3:16. It is clear that the Israelitish nation, though in bondage to the Egyptians, had a certain internal organisation of its own, and possessed a set of native officers. These were probably the hereditary heads of families. Moses and Aaron could have no authority to gather these persons together; but they issued an invitation, and it was accepted. The "elders" came to the meeting. And Moses and Aaron went,.... Set forward for Egypt: and being come thither:

gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel; the heads of tribes and families, as many as they could conveniently get together in one place; probably in the metropolis of the kingdom, where Pharaoh's palace was, since we quickly hear of their going in to him. 29-31. Moses and Aaron went—towards Egypt, Zipporah and her sons having been sent back. (Compare Ex 18:2).

gathered … all the elders—Aaron was spokesman, and Moses performed the appointed miracles—through which "the people" (that is, the elders) believed (1Ki 17:24; Jos 3:2) and received the joyful tidings of the errand on which Moses had come with devout thanksgiving. Formerly they had slighted the message and rejected the messenger. Formerly Moses had gone in his own strength; now he goes leaning on God, and strong only through faith in Him who had sent him. Israel also had been taught a useful lesson, and it was good for both that they had been afflicted. 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!
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