18 Moshe left, returned to Yitro his father-in-law and said to him, “I beg you to let me go and return to my kinsmen in Egypt, to see if they are still alive.” Yitro said to Moshe, “Go in peace.”
19 Adonai said to Moshe in Midyan, “Go on back to Egypt, because all the men who wanted to kill you are dead.”
20 So Moshe took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey, and started out for Egypt. Moshe took God’s staff in his hand.
21 Adonai said to Moshe, “When you get back to Egypt, make sure that you do before Pharaoh every one of the wonders I have enabled you to do. Nevertheless, I am going to make him hardhearted, and he will refuse to let the people go.
22 Then you are to tell Pharaoh: ‘Adonai says, “Isra’el is my firstborn son.
23 I have told you to let my son go in order to worship me, but you have refused to let him go. Well, then, I will kill your firstborn son!”’”
24 At a lodging-place on the way, Adonai met Moshe and would have killed him,
25 had not Tzipporah taken a flintstone and cut off the foreskin of her son. She threw it at his feet, saying, “What a bloody bridegroom you are for me!”
26 But then, God let Moshe be. She added, “A bloody bridegroom because of the circumcision!”
27 Adonai said to Aharon, “Go into the desert to meet Moshe.” He went, met him at the mountain of God and kissed him.
28 Moshe told him everything Adonai had said in sending him, including all the signs he had ordered him to perform.
29 Then Moshe and Aharon went and gathered together all the leaders of the people of Isra’el.
30 Aharon said everything Adonai had told Moshe, who then performed the signs for the people to see.
31 The people believed; when they heard that Adonaihad remembered the people of Isra’el and seen how they were oppressed, they bowed their heads and worshipped.