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The second book of the Hebrew Bible, starting with Israel in Egyptian slavery and ending with the building of the tabernacle in the desert.

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What does “my name is with him” mean in Exodus 23:21?

Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. 21Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon ...
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Were the Israelites affected by the first three plagues in Egypt?

In the fourth plague: the "swarms of flies", the Bible says: "And in that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there, in order that ...
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In Exodus 20:2 why does the LORD call Egypt “the house of slaves”?

I have always been inclined to read this "the land of your enslavement" however it struck me that there might be more to it, if taken literally. JPS Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, who brought ...
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Why does the Bible change the spelling of fear Exodus 20:20

The reason for my question is not to find out which is a verb and which is a noun. It’s to find out if the placement of letters, is as claimed purely coincidental or in fact deliberate. The question ...
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Was the instruction to build the ark given after the destruction of the two tablets of stone as alluded in Deuteronomy 10:1-2?

Deuteronomy 10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Tablets Rewritten Deutoronomy 10:1-2 NASB 10 “At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Cut out for yourself two tablets of stone like the former ...
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Why does Hebrews 9:19 say the tabernacle was sprinkled with blood?

It is said after the people had made a covenant with God,Moses took the blood and sprinkled the book of the covenant,the people,as well as the tabernacle. Hebrews 9:19 NASB 19 For when every ...
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Why do some translators include the phrase 'this shall be/seen' in Exodus 16:8?

Most translators seem to add some different phrases in this text which somehow was never in the Hebrew text. וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה, בְּתֵת יְהוָה לָכֶם בָּעֶרֶב בָּשָׂר לֶאֱכֹל וְלֶחֶם בַּבֹּקֶר ...
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What kind of oil did Jacob use to anoint the pillar in Genesis 28:18?

When Jacob runs away from his brother he comes to Luz where he has an encounter with God at night.In the morning he takes oil and consecrates the stone he had used as a pillow. Genesis 28:18 NASB ...
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Is the “glory” that is spoken about in Exodus 40:34-35 a light that appeared in the Holy of holies?

In the book The School of Christ by T Austin Sparks I read the following Looking backward at that tabernacle or that temple of old where the Shekinah glory was found, we mark that that light, ...
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Why was the punishment of refusal to enter Canaan seemingly more severe than that of the golden calf?

After having heard an adverse report from the ten spies all the fighting men of Israel refused to enter Canaan and possess it.God condenmed all these men to death in a period of forty years. Numbers ...
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Exode 20:4, Exode 20:4 … … [closed]

Honestly, Let us take a thing, whoever it is, which is necessarily either in the sky, on the earth, or in the waters under the earth. To display a picture of N on a screen, does not make a ...
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How does Moses opt to use הָ֣אֱלֹהִ֔ים for judges in Exodus 21:6?

Exodus 21:6 KJV 6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall ...
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In Exodus 23:21 why won't the angel forgive?

Note: I asked a similar question and received a decent answer but it did not pursue the logic of the assertion and its apparent lack of consistency with other statements so I don't consider this to ...
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Why did God specifically target the firstborn in the 10th plague (Exodus 12:29-36)?

What was so special about the firstborn of Egypt that God decided to kill them, to bring judgement on Pharaoh and Egypt for their sins against the Israelites? Why not just kill anybody who supported ...
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In Hebrews 12:18 what does the author mean by “for you have not come to what could be touched”?

At Mount Sinai the Jews were forbidden to so much as touch the mountain: [Exo 19:12-13, 21-24 ESV] (12) And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, 'Take care not to go up into the ...
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Is Deuteronomy 33:8-11 an allusion to Exodus 32:25-27?

Deuteronomy 33:8-11 NASB 8 Of Levi he said,“Let Your Thummim and Your Urim belong to [h]Your godly man, Whom You proved at Massah, With whom You contended at the waters of Meribah; 9 Who ...
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Exodus 28: 17-20 The usage of gems

This is the first time posting on here so sorry if I posted this wrong. A few months back i finished reading Exodus. And I was very inspired by the usage of the Gems in the priest garments. When I ...
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Why does Deuteronomy 29:5-6 say they ate no bread for forty years?

Deuteronomy 29:5-6 NASB 5 I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot. 6 You have not eaten bread, nor have ...
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Was there rain and thunder when they crossed the Red Sea as alluded in Psalms 77:15-20?

This Psalm seems to point out that there was rain and thunderstorm during the night they crossed the Red sea Psalms 77:15-20 NASB 15You have by Your [j]power redeemed Your people, The sons of ...
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Bricks without straw

In Exodus 5:11, Pharaoh tells Moses that the Israelites will now have to gather their own straw to make bricks. So who was gathering the straw before? In other words, whose time was worth less than ...
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Were the waters parted instantly?

On the one hand we have the Exodus 14 account that reads “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the ...
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Does the KJV mistranslate Exodus 4:20?

Exodus 4:20 KJV 20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand. Is "sons" plural a ...
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Is the “ark of the covenant” mentioned in Revelation 11:19 same as the “ark” mentioned in Exodus 25:10?

Is the ark of the covenant mentioned in Revelation 11:19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, ...
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Show me thy glory

Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” Exodus 33:18 NIV Was Moses being impertinent by requesting that the Lord should display his physical to him.
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Exodus 20:1 - “out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage”

Exodus 20:1 Is the text specifically linking Egypt to the house of bondage or can it be read as two separate places? What I mean is does the text imply: "out of the land of Egypt AND/OR out of the ...
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In a calling narrative, is the initial demurring to be viewed positively?

The calling narratives of Moses and Gideon both follow a similar pattern that involves the called person initially demurring to the calling. In Exodus 3:10-11 we read: "So now, go. I am sending you ...
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What does Exodus 35:5 say about giving willingly?

Exodus 35:5 NIV From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering of gold, silver and bronze My English is limited, but it seems to me ...
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How does the author of Acts say Moses was a man of power in words and deeds in Acts 7:22?

Acts 7 [22]Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. But when had been called upon to go to Egypt to proclaim God's message Moses ...
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Why does Nehemiah require that the firstborn of the Israelites be redeemed in Nehemiah 10:36?

Nehemiah 10:36 NASB 36 and bring to the house of our God the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks as it is written in the law, for the priests who ...
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Why would God afflict the Israelites if they were not able to go into the desert to sacrifice to Him?

In Exodus 5:3 (KJV) it is written: And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the Lord our God; lest he ...
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Is Luke 18:18 alluding to Exodus 2:2?

[Luke 18:18-20 NLT] (18) Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: "Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?" (19) "Why do you call me good?" Jesus asked him. "Only God is ...
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Were the golden bells intended for Aaron or the people in Exodus 28:33-35?

Exodus 34 NASB 33 You shall make on its hem pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet material, all around on its hem, and bells of gold between them all around: 34 a golden bell and a ...
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Why does God instruct Moses to tell Pharaoh that they are going into the wilderness for three days in Exodus 3:18?

Exodus 3:18 NASB 18 They will [l]pay heed to what you say; and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with ...
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How did Zipporah know that circumcision was the cause of the death threat in Exodus 4:25?

Exodus 4:24-25 NASB [24]Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the Lord met him and sought to put him to death. [25]Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and ...
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Was it Moses or Aaron who performed the signs in front of the Israelites in Exodus 4:30?

Exodus 4:29-30 [29]Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the sons of Israel; [30]and Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had spoken to Moses. He then performed the signs in ...
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In Exodus 3:15 what does God mean by “memorial”?

Exo 3:15 KJV - 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent ...
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Is there a difference between מַסְוֶה and צָעִיף (veil)?

I noticed that in Exodus 34, the term מַסְוֶה is used throughout in reference to the veil Moses wore on his face to hide his radiance. However, in Genesis throughout the Hebrew term used (for veil) is ...
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Was blood sprinkled on the door posts of neighbours who had also partaken of the lamb in Exodus 12:4-13?

Exodus 12:4,7,13 NASB [4]Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what ...
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Question about the Egyptian firstborn in Exodus [closed]

So I reread how the death of the Egyptian firstborn was the final and most severe/tragic plague that God inflicted upon Egypt and I have a few questions: Were all the Egyptian firstborn affected? Did ...
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Drink offering and Food offering in Exodus 29-30

Difference between a drink offering and a food offering in Exodus 29-30. What was their purpose while instituting?
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Which of Egypt's gods were judged in Ex 12:12?

When Jehovah freed his people from slavery in Egypt via Moses which were the Egyptian gods judged? Does each of the 10 plagues correspond to a specific Egyptian god? NWT Exodus 12:12 " . . . I ...
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What happened to the manslayer in Exodus 21 before the appointment of the cities of refuge?

God promises to appoint cities of refuge for those who accidentally killed their brethren. Exodus 21:12-13 NASB [12]"He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. [13]But if ...
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“From Mount Horeb” (Exodus 33:6), how should we understand the preposition “from” in context?

Exodus 33:6, וַיִּתְנַצְּלוּ בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת-עֶדְיָם, מֵהַר חוֹרֵב. So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments at Mount Horeb. (NIV) The problem with the NIV's translation is that ...
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In light of Exodus 22:16-17, does a man who seduces a virgin become her husband ipso facto?

My question was inspired by this, which was closed for being "off-topic" yet nevertheless contained some interesting food for thought. Consider the following passage from Exodus. (Exodus 22:16-17, ...
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In Exodus 8:26 what is the “abomination of the Egyptians”?

And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and ...
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Why were the elders of Israel uncertain about the man picking sticks on the Sabbath in Numbers 15:32-34?

Numbers 15:32-34 Nasb Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the sabbath day. 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron ...
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( Exodus 22:15 ) (exegesis) Elaborate on “if it is hired, it came for its hire.”

Exodus 22:14-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 14 “If a man borrows anything from his neighbor, and it is injured or dies while its owner is not with it, he shall make full restitution. 15 If ...
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Did the menorah burn 24/7?

Exodus 27:20 says that "the lamp [/menorah is] to burn always" but in the next verse it says that "Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning". Moreover, 1 Sam 3:3 says "ere the lamp ...
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At what three times were Israelites required to make a pilgrimage to the tabernacle?

If I understand the passages correctly, Exodus 23:14-17 lists the feast of unleavened bread, feast of firstfruits, and feast of ingathering (presumably booths). Exodus 34:22-24, however, lists the ...
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Which are the other tests/complaints mentioned in Numbers 14:22?

Numbers 14 [22]Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice,...