Exodus 3:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Exodus 3:11, NIV: "But Moses said to God, 'Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?'"

Exodus 3:11, ESV: "But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”"

Exodus 3:11, KJV: "And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?"

Exodus 3:11, NASB: "But Moses said to God, 'Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?'"

Exodus 3:11, NLT: "But Moses protested to God, 'Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?'"

Exodus 3:11, CSB: "But Moses asked God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?""

What does Exodus 3:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Speaking from a miraculously burning bush, God says He will send Moses to spearhead the liberation of Israel from Egyptian slavery. Moses clearly understands the mission. He repeats the exact calling of going to Pharaoh and bringing the Israelites out of Egypt. This mission was overwhelming to Moses. He responds to God's call with doubt. He does not see himself as the best person to free the Jews, or as an appropriate leader for the task.

However, God often calls the most unlikely people to accomplish His greatest tasks. God previously used Abraham to serve as founder of the Jewish people. He used Joseph as the man raised up from slavery and imprisonment to save many people from famine. God had already used the mother and sister of Moses to save his own life (Exodus 2). Now God is calling an eighty-year-old exiled shepherd to rescue slaves from the hands of the world's most powerful ruler. Moses realizes the difficulty of the mission. Only God's power would be sufficient to accomplish it.