Exodus 3:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Exodus 3:10, NIV: "So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.'"

Exodus 3:10, ESV: "Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”"

Exodus 3:10, KJV: "Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt."

Exodus 3:10, NASB: "And now come, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.'"

Exodus 3:10, NLT: "Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.'"

Exodus 3:10, CSB: "therefore, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh so that you may lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.""

What does Exodus 3:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God has spoken to Moses out of a miraculous, burning-but-unburnt bush. After stating His intent of freeing Israel, God has begun to describe how Moses will lead the Hebrew people through a transition from oppression to prosperity.

God transitions from explanation to command in this verse. Moses is to leave Midian, go back to Egypt and the Egyptian king, gather the people, and leave Egypt with them. In one sweeping sentence, the life of Moses is completely upended. He will no longer lead sheep; he will lead the people of Israel. He will no longer live on the run from Pharaoh; he will confront Pharaoh. Moses will no longer live in exile from his people; he will now live among them.

These words certainly surprised Moses. The following verse will offer the first of several excuses used by Moses in an attempt to escape this calling. However, God's call is not optional. He commands Moses to leave everything to follow God and fulfill his mission. Moses had been rescued and raised for this very purpose. God was now calling him to begin the process of bringing freedom to the Jewish people.