EXODUS 3:1

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.”

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Exodus 3:1 Translation & Meaning

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Now Moses וּמֹשֶׁ֗ה Mosheh, the Israelite lawgiver Now Moses
kept הָיָ֥ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) kept
the flock צֹ֛אן A collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men) flock
of Jethro יִתְר֥וֹ Jethro, Moses' father-in-law Jethro
his father in law, חֹֽתְנ֖וֹ To give (a daughter) away in marriage; hence (generally) to contract affinity by marriage father law
the priest כֹּהֵ֣ן Literally one officiating, a priest; also (by courtesy) an acting priest (although a layman) priest
of Midian: מִדְיָ֑ן Midjan, a son of Abraham; also his country and (collectively) his descendants Midian
and he led וַיִּנְהַ֤ג To drive forth (a person, an animal or chariot), i.e., lead, carry away; reflexively, to proceed (i.e., impel or guide oneself) led
the flock הַצֹּאן֙ A collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men) flock
to the backside אַחַ֣ר Properly, the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjunction, after (in various senses) backside
of the desert, הַמִּדְבָּ֔ר A pasture (i.e., open field, whither cattle are driven); also speech (including its organs) desert
and came וַיָּבֹ֛א To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) came
to אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to to
the mountain הַ֥ר A mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively) mountain
of God, הָֽאֱלֹהִ֖ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
even (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
to Horeb. חֹרֵֽבָה׃ Choreb, a (generic) name for the Sinaitic mountains Horeb

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  • 1  Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

  • 2  And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

  • 3  And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.




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