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Exodus 6:5-7

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6:5 I 1  have also heard 2  the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, 3  and I have remembered my covenant. 4  6:6 Therefore, tell the Israelites, ‘I am the Lord. I will bring you out 5  from your enslavement to 6  the Egyptians, I will rescue you from the hard labor they impose, 7  and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. 6:7 I will take you to myself for a people, and I will be your God. 8  Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from your enslavement to 9  the Egyptians.

1 tn The addition of the independent pronoun אֲנִי (’ani, “I”) emphasizes the fact that it was Yahweh himself who heard the cry.

2 tn Heb “And also I have heard.”

3 tn The form is the Hiphil participle מַעֲבִדִים (maavidim, “causing to serve”). The participle occurs in a relative clause that modifies “the Israelites.” The clause ends with the accusative “them,” which must be combined with the relative pronoun for a smooth English translation. So “who the Egyptians are enslaving them,” results in the translation “whom the Egyptians are enslaving.”

4 tn As in Exod 2:24, this remembering has the significance of God’s beginning to act to fulfill the covenant promises.

5 sn The verb וְהוֹצֵאתִי (vÿhotseti) is a perfect tense with the vav (ו) consecutive, and so it receives a future translation – part of God’s promises. The word will be used later to begin the Decalogue and other covenant passages – “I am Yahweh who brought you out….”

6 tn Heb “from under the burdens of” (so KJV, NASB); NIV “from under the yoke of.”

7 tn Heb “from labor of them.” The antecedent of the pronoun is the Egyptians who have imposed slave labor on the Hebrews.

8 sn These covenant promises are being reiterated here because they are about to be fulfilled. They are addressed to the nation, not individuals, as the plural suffixes show. Yahweh was their God already, because they had been praying to him and he is acting on their behalf. When they enter into covenant with God at Sinai, then he will be the God of Israel in a new way (19:4-6; cf. Gen 17:7-8; 28:20-22; Lev 26:11-12; Jer 24:7; Ezek 11:17-20).

9 tn Heb “from under the burdens of” (so KJV, NASB); NIV “from under the yoke of.”



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