'Tell' in the Bible
So Pharaoh sent for Abram and said, “What have you done to me? Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife?
“Take your son,” He said, “your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
“Whose daughter are you?” he asked. “Please tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?”
Now, if you are going to show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; if not, tell me, and I will go elsewhere.”
The Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt. Live in the land that I tell you about;
On that same day Isaac’s slaves came to tell him about the well they had dug, saying to him, “We have found water!”
Laban said to him, “Just because you’re my relative, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.”
Why did you secretly flee from me, deceive me, and not tell me? I would have sent you away with joy and singing, with tambourines and lyres,
then tell him, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau. And look, he is behind us.’”
Then Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.”But He answered, “Why do you ask My name?” And He blessed him there.
“I’m looking for my brothers,” Joseph said. “Can you tell me where they are pasturing their flocks?”
“We had dreams,” they said to him, “but there is no one to interpret them.”Then Joseph said to them, “Don’t interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”
When they had devoured them, you could not tell that they had devoured them; their appearance was as bad as it had been before. Then I woke up.
The thin heads of grain swallowed the seven plump ones. I told this to the magicians, but no one can tell me what it means.”
But Reuben replied: “Didn’t I tell you not to harm the boy? But you wouldn’t listen. Now we must account for his blood!”
“Why did you cause me so much trouble?” Israel asked. “Why did you tell the man that you had another brother?”
Tell my father about all my glory in Egypt and about all you have seen. And bring my father here quickly.”
Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and go on back to the land of Canaan.
Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather around, and I will tell you what will happen to you in the days to come.
When the days of mourning were over, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s household, “If I have found favor with you, please tell Pharaoh that
Then Moses asked God, “If I go to the Israelites and say to them: The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ what should I tell them?”
You will speak with him and tell him what to say. I will help both you and him to speak and will teach you both what to do.
“Therefore tell the Israelites: I am Yahweh, and I will deliver you from the forced labor of the Egyptians and free you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and great acts of judgment.
“Go and tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go from his land.”
He said to him, “I am Yahweh; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I am telling you.”
“When Pharaoh tells you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh. It will become a serpent.’”
Tell him: Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to tell you: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me in the wilderness, but so far you have not listened.
So the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron: Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt—over their rivers, canals, ponds, and all their water reservoirs—and they will become blood. There will be blood throughout the land of Egypt, even in wooden and stone containers.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and tell him: This is what Yahweh says: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.
The Lord then said to Moses, “Tell Aaron: Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, canals, and ponds, and cause the frogs to come up onto the land of Egypt.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron: Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, and it will become gnats throughout the land of Egypt.”
The Fourth Plague: Swarms of FliesThe Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh when you see him going out to the water. Tell him: This is what Yahweh says: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh. Tell him: This is what Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews says: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.
and so that you may tell your son and grandson how severely I dealt with the Egyptians and performed miraculous signs among them, and you will know that I am Yahweh.”
Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month they must each select an animal of the flock according to their fathers’ households, one animal per household.
“Tell the Israelites to turn back and camp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea; you must camp in front of Baal-zephon, facing it by the sea.
The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to break camp.
“I have heard the complaints of the Israelites. Tell them: At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will eat bread until you are full. Then you will know that I am Yahweh your God.”
“Tell the Israelites to take an offering for Me. You are to take My offering from everyone who is willing to give.
“Tell the Israelites: This will be My holy anointing oil throughout your generations.
“Tell the Israelites: You must observe My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so that you will know that I am Yahweh who sets you apart.
For the Lord said to Moses: “Tell the Israelites: You are a stiff-necked people. If I went with you for a single moment, I would destroy you. Now take off your jewelry, and I will decide what to do with you.”
But whenever Moses went before the Lord to speak with Him, he would remove the veil until he came out. After he came out, he would tell the Israelites what he had been commanded,
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When any of you brings an offering to the Lord from the livestock, you may bring your offering from the herd or the flock.
“Tell the Israelites: When someone sins unintentionally against any of the Lord’s commands and does anything prohibited by them—
“Tell Aaron and his sons: This is the law of the sin offering. The sin offering is most holy and must be slaughtered before the Lord at the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered.
“Tell the Israelites: You are not to eat any fat of an ox, a sheep, or a goat.
“Tell the Israelites: The one who presents a fellowship sacrifice to the Lord must bring an offering to the Lord from his sacrifice.
And tell the Israelites: Take a male goat for a sin offering; a calf and a lamb, male yearlings without blemish, for a burnt offering;
“Tell the Israelites: You may eat all these kinds of land animals.
“Tell the Israelites: When a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to a male child, she will be unclean seven days, as she is during the days of her menstrual impurity.
the owner of the house is to come and tell the priest: Something like mildew contamination has appeared in my house.
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When any man has a discharge from his body, he is unclean.
The Lord said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he may not come whenever he wants into the holy place behind the veil in front of the mercy seat on the ark or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.
“Speak to Aaron, his sons, and all the Israelites and tell them: This is what the Lord has commanded:
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: I am Yahweh your God.
“Speak to the entire Israelite community and tell them: Be holy because I, Yahweh your God, am holy.
The Holiness of the PriestsThe Lord said to Moses: “Speak to Aaron’s sons, the priests, and tell them: A priest is not to make himself ceremonially unclean for a dead person among his relatives,
“Tell Aaron: None of your descendants throughout your generations who has a physical defect is to come near to present the food of his God.
“Tell Aaron and his sons to deal respectfully with the holy offerings of the Israelites that they have consecrated to Me, so they do not profane My holy name; I am Yahweh.
“Speak to Aaron, his sons, and all the Israelites and tell them: Any man of the house of Israel or of the foreign residents in Israel who presents his offering—whether they present freewill gifts or payment of vows to the Lord as burnt offerings—
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: These are My appointed times, the times of the Lord that you will proclaim as sacred assemblies.
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you enter the land I am giving you and reap its harvest, you are to bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest.
“Tell the Israelites: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a day of complete rest, commemoration, and joyful shouting—a sacred assembly.
“Tell the Israelites: The Festival of Booths to the Lord begins on the fifteenth day of this seventh month and continues for seven days.
And tell the Israelites: If anyone curses his God, he will bear the consequences of his sin.
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you enter the land I am giving you, the land will observe a Sabbath to the Lord.
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When someone makes a special vow to the Lord that involves the assessment of people,
“Tell the Israelites: When a man or woman commits any sin against another, that person acts unfaithfully toward the Lord and is guilty.
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: If any man’s wife goes astray, is unfaithful to him,
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When a man or woman makes a special vow, a Nazirite vow, to consecrate himself to the Lord,
“Tell Aaron and his sons how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
“Speak to Aaron and tell him: When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps are to give light in front of the lampstand.”
“Tell the Israelites: When any one of you or your descendants is unclean because of a corpse or is on a distant journey, he may still observe the Passover to the Lord.
Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth so You should tell me, ‘Carry them at your breast, as a nursing woman carries a baby,’ to the land that You swore to give their fathers?
“Tell the people: Purify yourselves in readiness for tomorrow, and you will eat meat because you cried before the Lord: ‘Who will feed us meat? We really had it good in Egypt.’ The Lord will give you meat and you will eat.
They will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are among these people, how You, Lord, are seen face to face, how Your cloud stands over them, and how You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.
Tell them: As surely as I live,” this is the Lord’s declaration, “I will do to you exactly as I heard you say.
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you enter the land I am giving you to settle in,
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: After you enter the land where I am bringing you,
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them that throughout their generations they are to make tassels for the corners of their garments, and put a blue cord on the tassel at each corner.
“Tell the community: Get away from the dwellings of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.”
“Tell Eleazar son of Aaron the priest to remove the firepans from the burning debris, because they are holy, and scatter the fire far away.
“Speak to the Levites and tell them: When you receive from the Israelites the tenth that I have given you as your inheritance, you must present part of it as an offering to the Lord—a tenth of the tenth.
“Tell them further: Once you have presented the best part of the tenth, and it is credited to you Levites as the produce of the threshing floor or the winepress,
Please stay here overnight as the others did, so that I may find out what else the Lord has to tell me.”
God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “Since these men have come to summon you, get up and go with them, but you must only do what I tell you.”
Then the Angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but you are to say only what I tell you.” So Balaam went with Balak’s officials.
Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here by your burnt offering while I am gone. Maybe the Lord will meet with me. I will tell you whatever He reveals to me.” So he went to a barren hill.
Then the Lord put a message in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak and say what I tell you.”
The Lord met with Balaam and put a message in his mouth. Then He said, “Return to Balak and say what I tell you.”
But Balaam answered him, “Didn’t I tell you: Whatever the Lord says, I must do?”
Balaam answered Balak, “Didn’t I previously tell the messengers you sent me:
Tell the Israelites: When a man dies without having a son, transfer his inheritance to his daughter.
“Tell the Israelites: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
“But the Lord said to me, ‘Tell them: Don’t go up and fight, for I am not with you to keep you from being defeated by your enemies.’
Go near and listen to everything the Lord our God says. Then you can tell us everything the Lord our God tells you; we will listen and obey.’
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