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Egyptians "Overtook"

Question: In Genesis 14:9 it says, "The Egyptians-all Pharaoh's horses and chariots, horseman and troops-pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped...". In the next paragraph it goes on to act like they saw them coming and got away. Why does it say that they "overtook" them in verse 9?

Answer: We naturally tend to take the word "overtook" to mean that they "caught" them. But remember that words find their specific meaning in context. In light of the context of the events as described following v.9, "overtook" should be understood, probably even interpreted, as "they caught up to them."

Kill Moses?

Question: If the Lord wanted Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt then why in 4:24 it says the Lord met him there and tried to kill him.

Answer: In this story we are given minimal and strange details but apparently, during Moses' years in Midian, he had not obeyed God's command (cf. Gen. 17:10-14) to circumcise one (or both?) of his sons. So God was about to kill Moses, for this disobedience. Zipporah, Moses' wife, circumcised her son with a flint so God would spare Moses.

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