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Exodus 3:11 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I[a] that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”


  1. 3:11 Who am I: this question is always addressed by an inferior to a superior (to the ruler in 1 Sm 18:18; to God in 2 Sm 7:18 and its parallel, 1 Chr 17:16; 1 Chr 29:14; 2 Chr 2:5). In response to some special opportunity or invitation, the question expresses in a style typical of the ancient Near East the speaker’s humility or gratitude or need of further assistance, but never unwillingness or an outright refusal to respond. Instead the question sets the stage for further support from the superior should that be needed (as here).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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