Exodus 4:8
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.

Berean Study Bible
And the LORD said, “If they refuse to believe you or heed the witness of the first sign, they may believe that of the second.

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.

New King James Version
“Then it will be, if they do not believe you, nor heed the message of the first sign, that they may believe the message of the latter sign.

New American Standard Bible
“So if they will not believe you nor pay attention to the evidence of the first sign, they may believe the evidence of the last sign.

NASB 1995
"If they will not believe you or heed the witness of the first sign, they may believe the witness of the last sign.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
“If they will not believe you or pay attention to the evidence of the first sign, they may believe the evidence of the second sign.

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.

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.

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if they will not believe and they will not hear the voice of the former sign, they may believe the voice of the last sign.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And if they will not believe thee, nor hearken to the voice of the first sign, they will believe thee because of the voice of the second 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.

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.

Good News Translation
The LORD said, "If they will not believe you or be convinced by the first miracle, then this one will convince them.

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.

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

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.

Literal Standard Version
“and it has come to pass, if they do not give credence to you, and do not listen to the voice of the first sign, that they have given credence to the voice of the latter 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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Moses' Hand
7“Put your hand back inside your cloak,” said the LORD. So Moses put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his skin. 8And the LORD said, “If they refuse to believe you or heed the witness of the first sign, they may believe that of the second. 9But if they do not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. Then the water you take from the Nile will become blood on the ground.”…

Cross References
Exodus 4:7
"Put your hand back inside your cloak," said the LORD. So Moses put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his skin.

Exodus 4:9
But if they do not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. Then the water you take from the Nile will become blood on the ground."

Exodus 4:28
And Moses told Aaron everything the LORD had sent him to say, and all the signs He had commanded him to perform.

Exodus 4:31
and they believed. And when they heard that the LORD had attended to the Israelites and had seen their affliction, they bowed down 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 spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people…

Isaiah 28:10
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

John 12:37
But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

that they.

Deuteronomy 32:39
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

2 Kings 5:7
And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.

Job 5:18
For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, 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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
[And the LORD said,]
וְהָיָה֙ (wə·hā·yāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

“If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

they refuse
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

to believe
יַאֲמִ֣ינוּ (ya·’ă·mî·nū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 539: To confirm, support

you
לָ֔ךְ (lāḵ)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

or
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

heed
יִשְׁמְע֔וּ (yiš·mə·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

the witness
לְקֹ֖ל (lə·qōl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

of the first
הָרִאשׁ֑וֹן (hā·ri·šō·wn)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7223: First, in place, time, rank

sign,
הָאֹ֣ת (hā·’ōṯ)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 226: A signal, as a, flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence

they may believe
וְהֶֽאֱמִ֔ינוּ (wə·he·’ĕ·mî·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 539: To confirm, support

[that]
לְקֹ֖ל (lə·qōl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

of the second.
הָאַחֲרֽוֹן׃ (hā·’a·ḥă·rō·wn)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 314: Hinder, late, last, western


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