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Drunk With Blood:
God's killings in the Bible
By Steve Wells
Then the LORD said unto Moses, 6:1 Now shalt thou see what I will do to
Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand
shall he drive them out of his land.
(6:1) "Now shalt thou see what I will do to
And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: 6:2
And 6:3 I appeared unto
Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name
JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
(6:3) "I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty,
but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them."
Has anyone ever seen God?
Did Abraham know God's name?
What is God's name?
And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land
of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.
And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the
Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring
you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of
their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with
great judgments: 6:6
And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye
shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under
the burdens of the Egyptians. 6:7
And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to
give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an
heritage: I am the LORD. 6:8
And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not
unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage. 6:9
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 6:10
Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of
Israel go out of his land. 6:11
(6:12, 30) Complaining about his
difficulty with public speaking, Moses says, "Behold I am of uncircumcised
Was Moses a good speaker?
"Behold, [I] am of uncircumcised lips."
And Moses spake before the LORD, saying, Behold, the children of Israel
have not hearkened unto me; 6:12 how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised
And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto
the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the
children of Israel out of the land of Egypt. 6:13
These be the heads of their fathers' houses: The sons of Reuben the
firstborn of Israel; Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi: these be the
families of Reuben. 6:14
And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and
Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman: these are the families of
Levi, Kohath, and Amram join the long list of biblical
characters with ridiculously long lives (137, 133, and 137 years, respectively).
"And the years of the life of Levi were an hundred thirty and seven years."
And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their
generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari: 6:16 and the years of the life of
Levi were an hundred thirty and seven years.
The sons of Gershon; Libni, and Shimi, according to their families. 6:17
And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: 6:18 and the
years of the life of Kohath were an hundred thirty and three years.
"The years of the life of Kohath were an hundred thirty and three years."
And the sons of Merari; Mahali and Mushi: these are the families of Levi
according to their generations. 6:19
"Amram took ... his father's sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses."
Moses and Aaron were the products of an incestuous marriage.
Is incest forbidden?
"The years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years."
6:20 And Amram took him
Jochebed his father's sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses:
and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven
And the sons of Izhar; Korah, and Nepheg, and Zichri.
And the sons of Uzziel; Mishael, and Elzaphan, and Zithri. 6:22
And Aaron took him Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Naashon, to
wife; and she bare him Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 6:23
And the sons of Korah; Assir, and Elkanah, and Abiasaph: these are the
families of the Korhites. 6:24
And Eleazar Aaron's son took him one of the daughters of Putiel to wife;
and she bare him Phinehas: these are the heads of the fathers of the Levites
according to their families. 6:25
These are that Aaron and Moses, to whom the LORD said, Bring out the
children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies. 6:26
These are they which spake to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the
children of Israel from Egypt: these are that Moses and Aaron. 6:27
And it came to pass on the day when the LORD spake unto Moses in the land
of Egypt, 6:28
That the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I am the LORD: speak thou unto
Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say unto thee. 6:29
And Moses said before
the LORD, 6:30 Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall
Pharaoh hearken unto me?
"Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips."
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