Exodus 3:17
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17  and I have declared: I will take you out of the misery of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey.’

va-o-MAR a-a-LEH et-KHEM may-o-NEE mitz-RA-yim el E-retz ha-k’-na-a-NEE v’-ha-khee-TEE v’-ha-e-mo-REE v’-ha-p’-ree-ZEE v’-ha-khi-VEE v’-hai-vu-SEE el E-retz za-VAT kha-LAV ud-VASH

יז  וָאֹמַר אַעֲלֶה אֶתְכֶם מֵעֳנִי מִצְרַיִם אֶל־אֶרֶץ הַכְּנַעֲנִי וְהַחִתִּי וְהָאֱמֹרִי וְהַפְּרִזִּי וְהַחִוִּי וְהַיְבוּסִי אֶל־אֶרֶץ זָבַת חָלָב וּדְבָשׁ׃

 3:17   Out of the misery of Egypt

The Hebrew word for ‘Egypt,’ Mitzrayim (מצרים), is connected to two Hebrew words which offer insight into the nature of that country. The name Mitzrayim is related to the Hebrew word tzara (צרה), meaning ‘tragedy’ or ‘distress.’ This connection teaches that Egypt was a land of suffering for the Children of Israel, who suffered in slavery for hundreds of years before being redeemed by the Almighty. And the word Mitzrayim (מצרים) is also connected to the word tzar (צר), meaning ‘narrow.’ On a metaphorical level, a person is enslaved when he feels constricted and limited, and thereby unable to actualize his unique potential.

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  • Hashem depth and insight into the names of countries and the meaning it has for his children in the time of Moshe Egypt meaning tragedy or distress or other meaning narrow.

  • All of us are slaves to sin only Jesus Christ can set a person free from the bondage of sin.

  • So sad, that after the years that Joseph and his family settled in Egypt the reason they were there unknown to the rulers of Egypt. I wonder why the oral history had not been passed down the generations in the court of Pharoah. One would have thought that there would be some record of why the Hebrew people were there.
    Sad because of the fact that had it not been for a Hebrew man their culture may well have died. I wonder just how many people walk today in ignorance not knowing there is a God and that he has plans for their lives.
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    Now we have Moshe, standing on Holy ground, all but coming face to face with Hashem. Years after Joseph said that Hashem would surely visit them, perhaps the reason for the length of time was so that the Children of Israel might know what real suffering was? that they would understand just what they were being saved from. Little did Moshe know what amazing things Hashem had for him in the days and weeks ahead. But come to visit indeed did Hashem come.
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    I guess I wonder about things in Israel as I am writing this, I understand the suffering that the Jewish people endure daily in Israel today, all the uncertainty of attack and war, and the world's opinion against them, and somewhere there is a voice saying 'I am coming to visit you again'. the circumstances might be quite different, but Hashem is still the same today as He was so many thousands of years ago, His promise and His word are still the same.

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Exodus 3:17

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