Exodus 3:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Exodus 3:22, NIV: "Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.'"

Exodus 3:22, ESV: "but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”"

Exodus 3:22, KJV: "But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians."

Exodus 3:22, NASB: "But every woman shall ask her neighbor and the woman who lives in her house for articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and daughters. So you will plunder the Egyptians.'"

Exodus 3:22, NLT: "Every Israelite woman will ask for articles of silver and gold and fine clothing from her Egyptian neighbors and from the foreign women in their houses. You will dress your sons and daughters with these, stripping the Egyptians of their wealth.'"

Exodus 3:22, CSB: "Each woman will ask her neighbor and any woman staying in her house for silver and gold jewelry, and clothing, and you will put them on your sons and daughters. So you will plunder the Egyptians.""

What does Exodus 3:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After instructing Moses and the elders of Israel on how to approach Pharaoh, God has begun promising Israel a successful escape from Egyptian slavery. This verse concludes chapter 3 with further information regarding how the Jews would leave Egypt.

First, each woman will ask her neighbor for jewelry and clothing. Second, this would include "any woman who lives in her house." The contrast appears between the local resident and the foreigner or visitor to the area. Both the Egyptians and anyone else in the area would give the Israelites whatever they wanted and send them away. Both references in this verse are feminine, indicating this was activity that took place among the Jewish women and the female Egyptians and immigrants or visitors there.

These Jewish women would take the jewelry and clothing and put them on their own sons and daughters. The women who were unable to adequately clothe their children under slavery would dress their children in the finest clothing on the day they received their freedom. In this way, they would "plunder" and defeat their Egyptians oppressors.

This odd reaction is, in part, explained by the "wonders" which God plans to do (Exodus 3:20). These plagues, while terrible, will be necessary in order to convince the Egyptian king to release Israel from slavery (Exodus 3:19). By then, the entire nation of Egypt will recognize that keeping the Hebrews enslaved means suffering the wrath of God—so they will give anything to get Israel to leave as soon as possible.