Exodus 3:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Exodus 3:4, NIV: "When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, 'Moses! Moses!' And Moses said, 'Here I am.'"

Exodus 3:4, ESV: "When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”"

Exodus 3:4, KJV: "And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I."

Exodus 3:4, NASB: "When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, 'Moses, Moses!' And he said, 'Here I am.'"

Exodus 3:4, NLT: "When the LORD saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, 'Moses! Moses!' 'Here I am!' Moses replied."

Exodus 3:4, CSB: "When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called out to him from the bush, "Moses, Moses!" "Here I am," he answered."

What does Exodus 3:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Moses saw an amazing sight: a bush which burns with actual fire, but which is not consumed by the flames. This is described as "the angel of the LORD" appearing to Moses. God waited until Moses "turned aside to see" before speaking to him. God's voice came from the bush, clearly indicating the divine nature of the fire. Just as the Lord had called to Adam (Genesis 3:9), Noah (Genesis 6:13), Abraham (Genesis 12:1), Isaac (Genesis 26:1–2), and Jacob (Genesis 32:28–30), He now called to Moses by name. The name Moses is repeated twice for emphasis. Moses acknowledged he heard God's voice and was listening.

God offers a personal message to Moses that will impact all of the Jewish people. The passage will soon make note of God's holiness (Exodus 3:5) and the fear of God experienced in the moment (Exodus 3:6). Further, God will reveal His compassion for the Jewish people (Exodus 3:7) as well as the coming fulfillment of His promises (Exodus 3:8). Moses would serve as a leader to this movement, shifting from shepherding sheep to shepherding God's people.