Exodus 3:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Exodus 3:17, NIV: "And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites--a land flowing with milk and honey.'"

Exodus 3:17, ESV: "and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.”’"

Exodus 3:17, KJV: "And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey."

Exodus 3:17, NASB: "So I said, I will bring you up out of the oppression of Egypt to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, to a land flowing with milk and honey.'?’"

Exodus 3:17, NLT: "I have promised to rescue you from your oppression in Egypt. I will lead you to a land flowing with milk and honey--the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.''"

Exodus 3:17, CSB: "And I have promised you that I will bring you up from the misery of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, Hethites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites--a land flowing with milk and honey."

What does Exodus 3:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God is dictating a message which Moses is to deliver to the elders of Israel, once he goes back into Egypt.

God's message includes recognizing the suffering of the Israelites (Exodus 3:16) and a promise to free them. God vows to move the Jews from slavery, in Egypt, into freedom, in the land of six other people groups, which were first mentioned in verse 8. This Promised Land is characterized as a land "flowing with milk and honey," which implies a land extremely well-suited to growing food and raising livestock. Though many other peoples lived there at the time these words were spoken, God promised to change the situation and place Israel in this land.

God will fulfill this promise, though the nation of Israel will not enter this new land for forty more years, as a result of their own disobedience (Numbers 13—14). Even then, some of the original inhabitants of the land will continue to cause problems for the Israelites. However, the promise as stated by God will be fulfilled. Israel will be rescued from a region of slavery and oppression, and became its own nation, in a region of freedom and prosperity. In this sense, Moses will serve as both a national leader and a prophet, speaking God's future plan to the Jewish people.