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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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The leprous hand of Moses

When Moses first encounters God he is given the ability to turn his hand leprous and back as a sign (Ex 4:6, 7),like turning his staff into a snake (Ex 4:3, 4), that he can prove to Pharaoh that he ...
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Is ESV translation of “opposite that mountain” in Exodus 34:3 justified?

Exodus 34:3 New International Version No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks and herds may graze in front of the mountain." in front of אֶל־ (’el-) ...
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Did God change his mind concerning visiting the sins of the fathers onto the sons in Jeremiah 31?

God had given instructions to Moses that he will visit the sins of the fathers onto the children Exodus 20:5 NIV 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a ...
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Can we conclude that the mandate to keep a literal seventh day Sabbath is obsolete from Exodus 31:12-17, Hebrews 8 and Hebrews 4? [closed]

I will present 3 passages from Scripture and what I understand from each one. 1) Exodus 31:12-17 (NIV) 12 Then the Lord said to Moses, 13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This ...
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why did Moses tell the Israelites not to go near a woman?

Exodus 19:15 And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.” What would happen if a man did?
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When God said remember in Exodus 20:8 was he referring to Genesis 2:2 or Exodus 16:23?

Exodus 20:8 NASB 8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, God had made reference to the rest on the seventh day earlier on during creation ...
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Who wrote the second set of tablets in Exodus 34:27 & Deutoronomy 10:1-4?

(KJV) Deutoronomy 10:1-4 1 At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood. 2 And I will ...
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Was ox more valuable than sheep?

Exodus 22:1 "Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep. Why this difference? Was ox more valuable ...
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Exodus 22 Wasn't it a case of rape?

Exodus 22:16 “If a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged to anyone and has sex with her, he must pay the customary bride price and marry her. 17But if her father refuses to let him marry her, the ...
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Tent of meeting vs tabernacle

Exodus 33:7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the "tent of meeting." Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting ...
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How did they keep warm on the Sabbath day?

Exodus 35:3 Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day. How did they keep warm on the Sabbath day?
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What exactly is the mercy seat?

English Standard Version Exodus 25:20 The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces ...
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Did Moses take them to the rock at Horeb for water and back to Rephidim?

It is said they came to Rephidim which is between the wilderness of sin and Sinai and complained about water.Moses took them to Horeb which somehow seems to be same as Sinai and gave them water from ...
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Is Exodus 21:21 about a dead slave or one who survives?

Exodus 21:20-21 provides provisions to avenge the maltreatment of a slave: When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be avenged. But if ...
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Why isn't the Tetragrammaton used in Exodus 3:14?

I do not know Hebrew, but I've always been under the impression that the Tetragrammaton is a literal "I AM". Strongs: 1961 אֶֽהְיֶ֖ה http://biblehub.com/hebrew/1961.htm vs Strongs 3068 יְהֹוָה http://...
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“Thousands” or “the thousandth generation” in Exodus 20:6?

Exodus 20:6 declares God's mercy to "thousands" or to "the thousandth generation" -- see Bible Gateway for a list of the various translations. From what I can see, early versions ...
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Why were God's reactions so different in Exodus 4:24-26 and Joshua 5:2 concerning circumcision?

Exodus 4:24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. 25But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are ...
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Why the leaven prohibition in Exodus 23:18 and Leviticus 2:11?

We find many times in the OT that leaven or anything containing leaven is not to be served to God. For example, Leviticus 2:11 exhorts the Israelites: No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto ...
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In 1 Corinthians 10:1 is the cloud that covered the cloud that led and vice versa?

NIV 1 Corinthians 10:1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. This appears ...
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Does “Your Glory” (Khevodekha, כְּבֹדֶֽךָ) in Shemot (Exodus) 33:18 simply refer to the Smoke - hovering over Mount Horeb and the Ark?

Does "Your Glory" (Khevodekha, כְּבֹדֶֽךָ) in Shemot (Exodus) 33:18 simply refer to the Smoke - hovering over Mount Horeb and the Ark?
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What is the correct date the Israelites arrived at Sinai?

After leaving Egypt, the Israelites traveled to Mount Sinai. Exodus 19:1 records their arrival: בחדש השלישי לצאת בני־ישראל מארץ מצרים ביום הזה באו מדבר סיני Apparently this date can be understood ...
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Leaving houses before morning

At Exodus 12 God commands Jews Passover statutes by Moses and at one place he says that no one should leave house until morning: 22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that ...
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Which fell first the manna or the quail in Exodus 16 & Numbers 11?

(KJV) Exodus 16:13-15 13 And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. 14 And when the dew that lay was gone ...
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If God is no respecter of persons, how to explain Exodus 11:7?

Exodus 11:7 But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal. Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. I often hear on Christian radio ...
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Exodus 33:20, “see my face” or “see me”?

Exodus 33:20 (DRB): And again he said: Thou canst not see my face: for man shall not see me and live. Did Moses say that he wants to "see the Face of the LORD" or he wants to "see the LORD"? The ...
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Translation of Exodus 3:12

I realise that this is very improbable but I thought that I might as well ask it. Exodus 3:12: He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you ...
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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 were the Sabbath breakers not punished in Exodus 16:27-28?

Exodus 16:27 NIV 27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you[c] refuse to keep my commands and ...
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What does it mean socially to be a free woman in Israel?

In Exodus 21:11, a female slave could go free if she is not provided for by her husband/master. And if he does not do these three for her, then she shall go out free, without paying money. Aside ...
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How did the 10 Commandments become the 10 Commandments?

Exodus 20-31 document all the laws God established towards the Israelites on Mt. Sinai through Moses. From my memory and understanding of Hebrew literature, there weren't any chapter divisions. The ...
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Contradiction between Exodus 29:18 and Jeremiah 7:22

What does Jeremiah mean by his statement in Jeremiah 7:22? For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them concerning burnt offerings ...
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In Luke 2:21-24 what is the prophetic significance of Mary buying her firstborn son back from the LORD?

[Luk 2:21-24 NASB] (21) And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. (22) And when the days ...
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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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Why should an altar be made with uncut stone?

God told Moses that the altar must be made of unhewn stones: And if you make for Me an altar of stones, do not build it of hewn stones; for by wielding your tool upon them you have profaned them.&...
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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 the wrong ...
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What/where is the “mountain of Your inheritance” in Exodus 15:17?

What/where is the "mountain of Your inheritance" in Exodus 15:17? "You will bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance..."
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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 be ...
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Exodus 21 and the Law concerning slaves

Here is my question, Exodus 21 deals with punishments for assaulting and murdering people. verse 20-21 is hard for me to comprehend: Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be ...
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“Those who hate me” in Exodus 20:5

Exodus 20:5b (WLC | ESV) : כִּ֣י אָֽנֹכִ֞י יְהוָ֤ה אֱלֹהֶ֙יךָ֙ אֵ֣ל קַנָּ֔א פֹּ֠קֵד עֲוֺ֨ן אָבֹ֧ת עַל־בָּנִ֛ים עַל־שִׁלֵּשִׁ֥ים וְעַל־רִבֵּעִ֖ים לְשֹׂנְאָֽ֑י for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, ...
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Who were the mixed multitude in Exodus 12:38?

It says in Exodus 12:38: "A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds—a great deal of livestock." Do any Scriptural or other sources say what this mixed multitude was composed ...
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Exodus 7:22; 8:7 why did not the Egyptian Magicians try to antagonize the effect of Moses' miracles?

Exodus 7:22 DRB: And the magicians of the Egyptians with their enchantments did in like manner: and Pharao's heart was hardened, neither did he hear them, as the Lord had commanded. Exodus 8:7 ...
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Why was Aaron not punished for making the golden calf? (Exodus 32:1-4)

Exodus 32:1-4 (NRSV) The Golden Calf 1" When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who ...
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Exodus 9:12, How is it accepted that the LORD hardens the heart of Pharaoh, then Punishes him for that?

Exodus 9:12 (DRB): And the Lord hardened Pharao's heart, and he hearkened not unto them, as the Lord had spoken to Moses. I was little surprised, How the LORD punishes Pharaoh for the hardness of ...
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In Exodus 15:26, what diseases did God bring on the Egyptians?

In Exodus 15:26, what diseases did God bring on the Egyptians?: Exo 15:26 He said, "If you will carefully obey the LORD your God, do what is right in his eyes, listen to his commandments, and ...
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According to 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, does the Red Sea in Exodus 14:22 represent Jesus' Blood?

In 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 Paul gives an interpretation of what happened from the OT Exodus 14:22 & Numbers 20:11 as something that leads to baptism and Christ Himself. With that in mind, would it be ...
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What exactly did Moses do wrong at Meribah?

We read that God commanded Moses to speak to the rock at Meribah so that water could flow out of it. Instead, Moses struck the rock with his staff: Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly ...
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Did Abraham really see God? [duplicate]

It says in Genesis God appeared to Abraham but other places no one has seen God Genesis 12:7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your [a]descendants I will give this land.” And there he ...
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Is the Destroyer of Exodus 12:23 the same as that of Revelation 9:11?

In the Old Covenant narrative of the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, Yahweh tells Moses to instruct each Hebrew to paint the blood of the passover lamb on the doorposts so that the destroying angel ...
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Genesis 27:25, “of my Son's game” or “of your game”?

The matter here in Genesis 27:25 is like that of Exodus 33:19 (the two LORDs). Look here . Genesis 27:25 (ESV): Then he said, “Bring it near to me, that I may eat of my son’s game and bless you.” ...
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Were the 10 plagues really sent as a counter to the Egyptian gods?

In Exodus 7:14-12:51, God sends 10 plagues to Egypt. Some resources I've found online say that these plagues were jabs at the ineffectiveness of the Egyptian gods. Basically, it was a contest of ...

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