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And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

4:24 kill him. According to the Abrahamic covenant (Genesis 17:10-14), neglect of the rite of circumcision was a capital crime for an Israelite. Moses had failed to appreciate its great importance in God’s sight, but this action of Zipporah satisfied God’s demand that His laws be obeyed.

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