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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 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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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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Is there a chronological issue in Exodus 17,18 and 19?

In Exodus 17 we meet the Israelites camped at Rephidim after leaving the wilderness of sin Exodus 17:1 NASB 17 Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel journeyed by [a]stages from the ...
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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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Which translation for Exodus 22:3 is correct, ESV or NIV?

Exodus 22:3 English Standard Version but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. New ...
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How to reconcile Exodus 22:11 and Matthew 5:34 on taking oath?

Exodus 22:11 the issue between them will be settled by the taking of an oath before the LORD that the neighbor did not lay hands on the other person's property. The owner is to accept this, and no ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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Can the Ten Commandments be interpreted as declarative?

There is a variation in how John 14:15 is translated: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." ESV “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." NASB “If you love me, keep ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Why did the Israelites leave in battle ranks in Exodus 13:18?

Exodus 13:18 says: "So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt." The Hebrew term for ...
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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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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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Is Jesus' “I am” statement in John 8:58 equivalent to God's “I am” statement in Exodus 3:14?

Is Jesus' "I am" statement in John 8:58 equivalent to God's "I am" in Exodus 3:14? What is the meaning of "I am" in John 8:58 and what is the meaning of "I am" in Exodus 3:14?
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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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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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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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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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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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Exodus 33:18, Did Moses see the Glory of the LORD?

Exodus 33:18 (DRB): And he said: Shew me thy glory. Did Moses see the Glory of the LORD in Exodus 33:19?, Or No One see the Glory of the LORD and live, in Exodus 33:20? Exodus 33:18-20, (KJV): ...
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Exodus 33:19, How the LORD will proclaim the name of the LORD?

Exodus 33:19, (DRB): He answered: I will shew thee all good, and I will proclaim in the name of the Lord before thee: and I will have mercy on whom I will, and I will be merciful to whom it shall ...
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What was the reason Pharaoh went out to the river?

Exodus 8:20 reads, "And the Lord said to Moses, 'Rise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh as he comes out to the water.' Then say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Let My people go, that they ...
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Why was it important to mention Moses' & Aaron's age in Exodus 7:7?

In Exodus 7:7, the author mentions the ages of Moses & Aaron when they spoke to Pharaoh: And Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh. Why was ...
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Did the non-Israelite multitude cross the sea without the blood applied? Did this rabble instigate unbelief in God's provision?

Exodus 12:38, did the non-Israelite multitude (עֵ֥רֶב) cross the sea without the blood applied? Did this rabble (אֲסְפְּסֻף) in Numbers 11:14 instigate the unbelief in God's provision? Exodus 12:38 A ...
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Why does the passage in Exodus about the Burning Bush appear to refer to the “angel of the Lord” and God as the same entity?

Exodus 3:3-6: There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, "I will go ...
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What deity was Reuel a priest of?

Exodus 2:16 introduces Reuel (who was later Moses's father-in-law) as "a priest of Midian" without specifying anything further about which deity he was priest of: Now a priest of Midian had seven ...
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Was Moses put in a basket in accordance with Pharaoh's new decree?

This is the chronology of events. First Pharaoh decrees to throw all boys in the Nile (Exodus 1:22) Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw ...
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Exodus 4:1 - Who were Moses' signs for?

According to the text of Exodus 3 & 4, were the signs listed in Exodus 4 given in response to Moses' concerns about Pharaoh, the elders of Israel, or both? Then Moses answered, "But behold, ...
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Exodus 33:11 Did Moses See God?

Someone here has said that Moses saw God face to face. Well lets be technical here. The text actually says that : Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face - NASB It does not mention ...
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Why did Moses claim he was not eloquent when the Lord called him?

Ex 4:10: And Moses said unto the Lord, o my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue This was Moses ...
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Exodus 4:22-26 - who was God going to kill? [duplicate]

And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord", Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I ...
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Does Jesus make an allusion to Exodus 4:10 in Luke 6:46?

Jesus used the phrase "Lord Lord" 5 times. Two are used in parables and two, which deal with final judgment at the close of the Sermon on the Mount and this use in Luke: “Why do you call me ...
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In Exodus 13:17, is the uncertainty of outcome part of the meaning of the Hebrew word 'peradventure'/'might' is serving as translation of?

Exodus 13:17 reads, in my Bible: And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said,...
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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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What is the best interpretation of the “finger of God” in the Old Testament?

The "finger of God" as used in the Old Testament seems to depict two diversely annotated acts of God. First, in Exodus 8:16–20, during the plagues of Egypt, it is used by the Egyptian priests to ...
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Does Exodus 34:12-17 suggest that erecting sacred structures to idols and eating their meals created a kind of political alliance?

[Exo 34:11-17 NLT] (11) But listen carefully to everything I command you today. Then I will go ahead of you and drive out the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. (12) "...
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Is There A Thematic Link Between Exodus 3:15 and Psalm 2?

A long time ago, I was reading in Exodus and came to 3:15, which speaks of the Lord's Name and also His memorial, and the thought occurred to me - Most people (including myself up to this point) ...
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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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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 your ...
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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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