Exodus 3:9, 10: The Prayer-hearing God

Verse 9:[1] Now therefore, behold, (Ex. 2:23) the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the (Ex. 1:11, 13, 14, 22) oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.


The cry of the children of Israel; either in prayer, or rather forced by their oppressions, as the next clause explains it.


Verse 10:[2] (Ps. 105:26; Mic. 6:4) Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.



[Come[3]] That is to say, Be present in mind and will (not in body only), and prompt unto obedience (Lyra). The verb is in the place of an adverb of exhortation, concerning which see Genesis 11:3 (Vatablus).

[1] Hebrew: וְעַתָּ֕ה הִנֵּ֛ה צַעֲקַ֥ת בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל בָּ֣אָה אֵלָ֑י וְגַם־רָאִ֙יתִי֙ אֶת־הַלַּ֔חַץ אֲשֶׁ֥ר מִצְרַ֖יִם לֹחֲצִ֥ים אֹתָֽם׃


[2] Hebrew: וְעַתָּ֣ה לְכָ֔ה וְאֶֽשְׁלָחֲךָ֖ אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֑ה וְהוֹצֵ֛א אֶת־עַמִּ֥י בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מִמִּצְרָֽיִם׃


[3] Hebrew: לְכָה.

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