New International Version
Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied.
King James Bible
And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said to him, What is that in thy hand? And he said, A staff.
World English Bible
Yahweh said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A rod."
Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith unto him, 'What is this in thy hand?' and he saith, 'A rod;'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryJanuary 13. "Thou Shalt be to Him Instead of God" (Ex. Iv. 16).
"Thou shalt be to him instead of God" (Ex. iv. 16). Such was God's promise to Moses, and such the high character that Moses was to assume toward Aaron, his brother. May it not suggest a high and glorious place that each of us may occupy toward all whom we meet, instead of God? What a dignity and glory it would give our lives, could we uniformly realize this high calling! How it would lead us to act toward our fellow-men! God can always be depended upon. God is without variableness or shadow of turning. …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
A Bundle of Myrrh is My Well-Beloved unto Me; He Shall Abide Between My Breasts.
Appendix xii. The Baptism of Proselytes
A Canticle of Love
But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it."
So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.
"When Pharaoh says to you, 'Perform a miracle,' then say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,' and it will become a snake."
Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river. Confront him on the bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake.
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