The story of Moses

The story of Moses is worldwide known. It is found in the Book of Exodus (Old Testament). It starts on how Moses came to be to the time he died before the promised land. Unfortunately I can’t past the whole book of Exodus here, as usual far too many details have been written.
Too many details and different books is what makes the Bible too long.

The Bible is roughly 800,000 words, the Quran is about one tenth of that (around 80,000 words). Plus Arabic is a more concise language, you can express a lot more in Arabic in fewer words than English for example. The Quran is roughly the length of the 4 gospels of the New Testament combined.

Yet we can find almost the same stories in the Quran, but with considerably less details.
Here is the story :

Ta-Ha 20:9-99

9. Has the story of Moses reached you?

10. When he saw a fire, he said to his family, “Stay; I have noticed a fire; Perhaps I can bring you a torch therefrom, or find some guidance by the fire.”

11. Then, when he reached it, he was called, “O Moses.

12. Verily I am your Lord. Take off your shoes. You are in the sacred valley of Tuwa.

13. I have chosen you, so listen to what is revealed.

14. Verily I am God. There is no God but I. So serve Me, and practice the prayer for My remembrance.

15. The Hour is coming—but I keep it almost hidden—so that each soul will be paid for what it endeavors.

16. And do not let him who denies it and follows his desire turn you away from it, lest you fall.

17. And what is that in your right-hand, O Moses?”

18. He said, “This is my staff. I lean on it, and herd my sheep with it, and I have other uses for it.”

19. He said, “Throw it, O Moses.”

20. So he threw it—thereupon it became a moving serpent.

21. He said, “Take hold of it, and do not fear. We will restore it to its original condition.

22. And press your hand to your side; it will come out white, without a blemish—another sign.

23. That We may show you some of Our greatest signs.

24. Go to Pharaoh; He has transgressed.”

25. He said, “My Lord, put my heart at peace for me.

26. And ease my task for me.

27. And untie the knot from my tongue.

28. So they can understand my speech.

29. And appoint an assistant for me, from my family.

30. Aaron, my brother.

31. Strengthen me with him.

32. And have him share in my mission.

33. That we may glorify You much.

34. And remember You much.

35. You are always watching over us.”

36. He said, “You are granted your request, O Moses.

37. We had favored you another time.

38. When We inspired your mother with the inspiration.

39. `Put him in the chest; then cast him into the river. The river will wash him to shore, where an enemy of Mine and an enemy of his will pick him up. And I have bestowed upon you love from Me, so that you may be reared before My eye.

40. When your sister walked along, and said, ‘Shall I tell you about someone who will take care of him?’ So We returned you to your mother, that she may be comforted, and not sorrow. And you killed a person, but We saved you from stress; and We tested you thoroughly. And you stayed years among the people of Median. Then you came back, as ordained, O Moses.

41. And I made you for Myself.

42. Go, you and your brother, with My signs, and do not neglect My remembrance.

43. Go to Pharaoh. He has tyrannized.

44. But speak to him nicely. Perhaps he will remember, or have some fear.”

45. They said, “Lord, we fear he may persecute us, or become violent.”

46. He said, “Do not fear, I am with you, I hear and I see.

47. Approach him and say, `We are the messengers of your Lord; so let the Children of Israel go with us, and do not torment them. We bring you a sign from your Lord, and peace be upon him who follows guidance.

48. It was revealed to us that the punishment falls upon him who disbelieves and turns away.’“

49. He said, “Who is your Lord, O Moses.”

50. He said, “Our Lord is He who gave everything its existence, then guided it.”

51. He said, “What about the first generations?”

52. He said, “Knowledge thereof is with my Lord, in a Book. My Lord never errs, nor does He forget.”

53. He who made the earth a habitat for you; and traced in it routes for you; and sent down water from the sky, with which We produce pairs of diverse plants.

54. Eat and pasture your livestock. In that are signs for those with understanding.

55. From it We created you, and into it We will return you, and from it We will bring you out another time.

56. We showed him Our signs, all of them, but he denied and refused.

57. He said, “Did you come to us to drive us out of our land with your magic, O Moses?

58. We will produce for you magic like it; so make an appointment between us and you, which we will not miss—neither us, nor you—in a central place.”

59. He said, “Your appointment is the day of the festival, so let the people be gathered together at mid-morning.”

60. Pharaoh turned away, put together his plan, and then came back.

61. Moses said to them, “Woe to you. Do not fabricate lies against God, or He will destroy you with a punishment. He who invents lies will fail.”

62. They disagreed among themselves over their affair, and conferred secretly.

63. They said, “These two are magicians who want to drive you out of your land with their magic, and to abolish your exemplary way of life.

64. So settle your plan, and come as one front. Today, whoever gains the upper hand will succeed.”

65. They said, “O Moses, either you throw, or we will be the first to throw.”

66. He said, “You throw.” And suddenly, their ropes and sticks appeared to him, because of their magic, to be crawling swiftly.

67. So Moses felt apprehensive within himself.

68. We said, “Do not be afraid, you are the uppermost.

69. Now throw down what is in your right hand—it will swallow what they have crafted. What they have crafted is only a magician’s trickery. But the magician will not succeed, no matter what he does.”

70. And the magicians fell down prostrate. They said, “We have believed in the Lord of Aaron and Moses.”

71. He said, “Did you believe in him before I have given you permission? He must be your chief, who has taught you magic. I will cut off your hands and your feet on alternate sides, and I will crucify you on the trunks of the palm-trees. Then you will know which of us is more severe in punishment, and more lasting.”

72. They said, “We will not prefer you to the proofs that have come to us, and Him who created us. So issue whatever judgment you wish to issue. You can only rule in this lowly life.

73. We have believed in our Lord, so that He may forgive us our sins, and the magic you have compelled us to practice. God is Better, and more Lasting.”

74. Whoever comes to his Lord guilty, for him is Hell, where he neither dies nor lives.

75. But whoever comes to Him a believer, having worked righteousness—these will have the highest ranks.

76. The Gardens of Perpetuity, beneath which rivers flow, dwelling therein forever. That is the reward for him who purifies himself.

77. And We inspired Moses: “Travel by night with My servants, and strike for them a dry path across the sea, not fearing being overtaken, nor worrying.”

78. Pharaoh pursued them with his troops, but the sea overwhelmed them, and completely engulfed them.

79. Pharaoh misled his people, and did not guide them.

80. O Children of Israel! We have delivered you from your enemy, and promised you by the right side of the Mount, and sent down to you manna and quails.

81. Eat of the good things We have provided for you, but do not be excessive therein, lest My wrath descends upon you. He upon whom My wrath descends has fallen.

82. And I am Forgiving towards him who repents, believes, acts righteously, and then remains guided.

83. “And what made you rush ahead of your people, O Moses?”

84. He said, “They are following in my footsteps; and I hurried on to You, my Lord, that you may be pleased.”

85. He said, “We have tested your people in your absence, and the Samarian misled them.”

86. So Moses returned to his people, angry and disappointed. He said, “O my people, did your Lord not promise you a good promise? Was the time too long for you? Or did you want wrath from your Lord to descend upon you, so you broke your promise to me?”

87. They said, “We did not break our promise to you by our choice, but we were made to carry loads of the people’s ornaments, and we cast them in. That was what the Samarian suggested.”

88. So he produced for them a calf—a mere body which lowed. And they said, “This is your god, and the god of Moses, but he has forgotten.”

89. Did they not see that it cannot return a word to them, and has no power to harm them or benefit them?

90. Aaron had said to them before, “O my people, you are being tested by this. And your Lord is the Merciful, so follow me, and obey my command.”

91. They said, “We will not give up our devotion to it, until Moses returns to us.”

92. He said, “O Aaron, what prevented you, when you saw them going astray.

93. From following me? Did you disobey my command?”

94. He said, “Son of my mother, do not seize me by my beard or my head. I feared you would say, `You have caused division among the Children of Israel, and did not regard my word.’“

95. He said, “What do you have to say, O Samarian?”

96. He said, “I saw what they did not see, so I grasped a handful from the Messenger’s traces, and I flung it away. Thus my soul prompted me.”

97. He said, “Begone! Your lot in this life is to say, ‘No contact.’ And you have an appointment that you will not miss. Now look at your god that you remained devoted to—we will burn it up, and then blow it away into the sea, as powder.”

98. Surely your god is God, the One besides whom there is no other god. He comprehends everything in knowledge.

Author: Novus Lectio

You'll never know what you'll read next. Random lecture is what is all about but one thing is for sure, it's by the same author who wrote The Theory of Fate and Who Went Out of Africa

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