Exodus 4:11

“And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Exodus 4:11

And the Lord said vnto him, Who hath made mans mouth? or who maketh the dumbe or deafe, or the seeing, or þe blind? haue not I the Lord?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes {him} mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? Or who maketh `a man' dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, Jehovah?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord said to him, Who has made man's mouth? who takes away a man's voice or hearing, or makes him seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah said to him, Who gave man a mouth? or who maketh dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? [have] not I, Jehovah?
- Darby Bible

And the LORD said to him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh said to him, "Who made man's mouth? Or who makes one mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Isn't it I, Yahweh?
- World English Bible

And Jehovah saith unto him, `Who appointed a mouth for man? or who appointeth the dumb, or deaf, or open, or blind? is it not I, Jehovah?
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD said unto him: 'Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh a man dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? is it not I the LORD?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Exodus 4:11

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 4:11


4:10 O my Lord, I am not eloquent - He was a great philosopher, statesman, and divine, and yet no orator; a man of a clear head, great thought and solid judgment, but had not a voluble tongue, nor ready utterance; and therefore he thought himself unfit to speak before great men, and about great affairs. Moses was mighty in word, #Acts 7:22|, and yet not eloquent: what he said was strong and nervous, and to the purpose, and distilled as the dew, #Deu 32:2|, though he did not deliver himself with that readiness, ease and fineness that some do.

4:13 Send by whom thou wilt send - By any but me.


Discussion for Exodus 4:11

  • Clinton on Exodus 4:11
    Pulpit Commentary Verses 11-13. - Who hath made man 's mouth! God could and would have cured the defect in Moses ' speech, whatever it was could and would have added eloquence to his other gifts, if he had even at this point yielded himself up unreservedly to his guidance and heartily accepted his mission. Nothing is too hard for the Lord. He gives all powers - sight, and hearing, and speech included - to whom he will. He would have been "with Moses ' mouth, " removing all hesitation or indistinctness, and have "taught him what to say " - supplied the thought and the language by which to express it - if Moses would have let him. But the reply in ver. 13 shut up the Divine bounty, prevented its outpour, and left Moses the ineffective speaker which he was content to be. The words, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom Thou wilt send, are curt and ungracious much curter in the original than in our version. They contain a grudging acquiescence. But for the deprecatory particle with which they commence - the same as in ver. 10, they would be almost rude. And we see the result in the next verse.
  • Herbert Hernandez on Exodus 4:11
    My Christian friend Richard Uff, read Acts 17 28 and you will understand that is God who give us our life, our infirmities that come to us in this life are the results of our fallen sin full nature, not from God.in Exodus 4 11 God is telling Moses not to worry that he will take care of him and will speak for him and Aaron.
  • Richard Uff on Exodus 4:11
    This verse has been of great concern to me ever since I came across it. I am fully aware that it is not in God 's nature to make things that aren 't perfect, but here is the sentence "Is it not I, the Lord? " Which would appear to have God admitting that He makes people with infirmities on a whim. I believe this is where the idea that God gives out this sort of condition to teach people things. For someone such as myself, who believes in a perfect God, full of love and grace, I am aware that there must be a deep theological explanation to this statement, but as yet I haven 't come across a satisfactory one, and I 'm keen to find it. I really want to get to the bottom of this, so that I might have answers when talking to people. It does not effect my relationship with Him, but to be able to explain that point to others would be a great help to me.


 

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