[b-hebrew] Ex 13:15 "Firstborn of my sons"
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Tue Aug 30 20:40:20 EDT 2005
>Ex 13:15 "It came about, when Pharaoh was stubborn about letting us go, that
>the LORD killed every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of
>man and the firstborn of beast. Therefore, I sacrifice to the LORD the
>males, the first offspring of every womb, but every firstborn of my sons I
>This seems to imply that by sacrificing his firstborn, that Moses redeems
>(delivers, saves, rescues) his future firstborn grandsons. Now I've been
>told that the Hebrew phrase translated "firstborn of my sons" simply means
>"my firstborn sons."
>Is this true? If so, I wonder why most Bible translations retain the
>ambiguity - as far as I can tell only the NIV and NLT have changed it.
HH: You are just expected to understand that that's what it means, I
guess. The law was to deal with one's own firstborn, not those of his
children. This is not Moses talking about himself but about the
Israelite who will enter into Canaan.
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