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1 According to Numbers 20:1-11, how many times did Moses strike a rock at Kadesh to produce water for the Israelites?
Answer: twice

Moses struck a rock twice at Kadesh to miraculously produce water for the Israelites. However, Moses' actions were in direct contravention of what God had told him do. According to Numbers 20:1-13, God had told Moses to simply speak to the rock in front of the people and water would gush out. Because Moses failed to obey God's specific instructions, he was denied the right to lead the Israelites into Canaan, known as the Promised Land.

Numbers 20:12 quotes God in the NJKJV as telling Moses: "Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them."

Scripture goes on to tell of Joshua being selected to lead the Israelites into Canaan.
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2 According to Exodus 4:1-5, what did Moses' rod turn into when he was commanded by God to throw it on the ground?
Answer: A serpent

Moses's rod turned into a serpent when he cast it on the ground, as per Exodus 4:1-5. According to the passage, Moses had been instructed by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, but he was extremely doubtful of his ability to lead. As a result, Moses questioned God, saying he was fearful the Israelites would
not believe him or listen to his voice.

God then instructed Moses to cast the rod in his hand on the ground and when he did so it became a serpent. When Moses took the serpent by the tail, it became a rod again.

The passage goes on to tell of God instructing Moses to use the rod to prove to the Israelites "the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you."
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3 Moses was born to Amram and Yocheved. Of which Jewish tribe were they?
Answer: Levi

Amram and Yocheved were Leviites, and slaves of Egypt. Their first child was Miriam, and their second child was Aaron, who was born just before the decree to drown all Jewish male babes in the Nile was passed. After the decree Amram and Yocheved were separated until they were given a vision of their third child, and they got back together to conceive Moses.
    Your options: [ Levi ] [ Menasheh ] [ Judah ] [ Gad ]
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4 Moses' mother was brave in sending her child, encased in a basket, into the unknown waters of the Nile. Who found and claimed the baby?
Answer: Pharaoh's daughter

'Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said.' (Exodus 2:5-6)
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5 According to Exodus 10:21-23, for how many days was Egypt engulfed in a darkness that was so thick it could be felt?
Answer: Three days

Egypt was engulfed in a thick, impenetrable darkness for three days, as per Exodus 10:21-23. According to the passage, the darkness descended after God requested Moses to stretch out his hand to heaven. Verse 21 states the darkness was so thick it could be even felt. The passage goes on to state the Egyptians did not see one another, "nor did anyone rise from his place for three days."

The plague of darkness was the ninth of ten plagues unleashed by God on Egypt.
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6 According to Numbers 26:59, Jochebed was Moses' mother's name (New American Standard Bible). Who was Moses' father?
Answer: Amram

Numbers 26:59 explains Moses' family. It actually doesn't give the names of his parents in the first and second chapters of Exodus, despite talking about them as his parents. However, Amram was his father, Jochebed his mother, Aaron his brother, and Miriam his sister. Interestingly, Jochebed was a daughter of Levi, which means that Levi, one of the brothers who sold Joseph into slavery, was Moses' grandfather (or ancestor). Abihu was a son of Aaron, so he was Moses' nephew.
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7 How many biological siblings did Moses have?
Answer: 2

Moses was the youngest of his siblings. He had a sister, Miriam (likely the oldest of the three) and a brother, Aaron.
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8 Moses grew up in a royal household despite his humble Hebrew birth. But when he was older, he did something that made Pharaoh so angry that the king tried to kill Moses! What did Moses do?
Answer: He killed an Egyptian

'The man said, "Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid and thought, "What I did must have become known." When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.' (Exodus 2:14-15)
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9 According to Exodus 7:19-25, what did God turn the water of the Nile River into on the command of Moses?
Answer: Blood

The water of the Nile, as well as all the other water in Egypt, was turned into blood. It was the first of ten plagues unleashed on Egypt by God to convince the Pharaoh to give permission for the Israelites to leave the country and depart to Canaan, known as the Promised Land.

Scripture tells of Moses and Aaron lifting up a rod and striking the river and all the water turned to blood. According to Exodus 4:19, the Nile River wasn't the only place where water became blood. Streams, rivers, ponds and water "both in buckets of wood and pitchers of stone" were turned into blood.
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10 When they were talking to their father, what did the daughters of Jethro, Zipporah and her sisters, describe Moses as after he saved them from the shepherds? (Exodus 2:19, New American Standard Bible)
Answer: An Egyptian

Most translations use "An Egyptian," while a couple say, "a man of Egypt." This is, of course, because Zipporah and her sisters didn't realize at the time that Moses was a Hebrew. He must have been wearing an Egyptian outfit/looked like an Egyptian. Exodus 2:15-16 suggest that Moses ended up at the well where Jethro's daughters were, immediately after he fled from Egypt. (He ran away from Egypt because he killed a true Egyptian who was hurting a Hebrew.)
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11 According to Exodus 2:1, from which tribe of Jacob was Moses's father?
Answer: Levi

Most of the men that were descended from Levi were priests. Moses's mother was also a descendant of Levi.
    Your options: [ Simeon ] [ Judah ] [ Levi ] [ Asher ]
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12 In which book of the Old Testament is the story of Moses, the departure from Egypt and the inscribing of the Ten Commandments written?
Answer: Exodus

The exodus of the people of Israel is written in the book of Exodus. In it you can find the story of Baby Moses, how he grew up, and how he delivered the Jews from the Egyptian yoke. It culminates in the dictation of the Torah to Moses on top of Mount Sinai.
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13 Moses stayed in the land of Midian after he ran away from Pharaoh. He ended up getting along with a priest of Midian whose name was Jethro. In fact, they got along so well that Jethro let Moses marry one of his daughters. What was her name?
Answer: Zipporah

'Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.' (Exodus 2:21)
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14 What body of water was parted when Moses led the Israelites on an exodus out of Egypt?
Answer: Red Sea

The Red Sea was parted, enabling the Israelites to leave Egypt and begin a forty-year-long journey to Canaan, known as the Promised Land. Details about the miraculous parting of the Red Sea are found in Exodus 14. According to Verse 21, the water was parted when Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and "the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided."

When the Israelites had made it safely to the other side, the Egyptian army proceeded to cross the sea in their pursuit of the Israelites. God then instructed Moses to stretch out his hand over the sea so "the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen." And sure enough, that's exactly what happened, with the entire Egyptian army drowning.
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15 What sister of Moses was struck with leprosy and then miraculously cleansed, as per Numbers 12?
Answer: Miriam

Miriam was struck with leprosy and then miraculously cleansed after Moses poured out his heart to God. According to Numbers 12, Miriam had been grumbling about Moses taking an unnamed Ethiopian woman as his wife, Miriam was struck with leprosy as divine retribution. (The NIV describes Moses' wife as a Cushite, rather than Ethiopian.)

After Moses issued his plea to God, Scripture states Miriam was cleansed and she re-joined the Israelite camp seven days later as she had been originally exiled from the camp due to her disease.
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16 According to Exodus 7, who threw down the staff that turned into a serpent?
Answer: Aaron

Contrary to what the animated movie, "The Prince of Egypt," depicts (I love that movie, but certain parts of it are unBiblical, like how they portray Pharaoh's wife, instead of his daughter, as the one who found Moses) it was actually Aaron's staff and Aaron was the one who threw it down in front of Pharaoh. However, it was Moses who told Aaron to throw it down at the request of the Lord. (Exodus 7:9-10).

An interesting verse is Exodus 7:1: "Then the LORD said to Moses, 'See, I make you as God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.'" (New American Standard Bible)
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17 According to Exodus 2:3, what body of water was Moses sent floating on as a baby?
Answer: Nile River

The Egyptian pharaoh had ordered a decree that all Hebrew baby boys were to be thrown in the Nile. Moses's mother did not want this to happen to Moses, so she hid him. Eventually, the time came when she could no longer hide him, so she put him into a basket and sent him on the Nile River.
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18 According to the Midrashic view, what ailment did Moses suffer from?
Answer: stuttering

Moses was three years old when this happened. He was sitting on Pharaoh's lap when he reached for the crown and placed it on his own head. Pharaoh was amused, but his counselors said that the baby was trying to take the kingdom from him.

The counselors proposed to put Moses to a test. They would bring two plates, one with gold, the other with burning coals. If Moses were to take the gold, then he would be put to death, but if he reached for the coals, then they would concede that it was just childish play.

The counselors brought the plates, and Baby Moses started to reach for the plate of gold, but the Angel Gabriel guided Moses' hand at the last moment to the plate of coals. Moses put a burning coal in his mouth and from then on stuttered.
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19 Once he married, Moses began a family right away, as was customary in Biblical times. What was his first son's name?
Answer: Gershom

'Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom.' (Exodus 2:22)
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20 Who opposed Moses' leadership and ended up dying in a case of divine retribution when the earth opened up and swallowed him and his supporters?
Answer: Korah

Korah is the correct answer. Details about him leading a rebellion against Moses' leadership are found in Numbers 16. Clearly, Korah was not acting alone as Verse 24 tells of Dathan and Abiram being allies of Korah.

The rebellion against Moses, however, came to a screeching halt when a miraculous event took place. In a case of divine retribution, the earth opened up and swallowed Korah and his supporters.

Verse 33 tells what happened to those involved in the rebellion: "So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly."
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21 According to Exodus 15:23-25 in the NKJV, what did Moses cast into the bitter waters of Marah to make it sweet?
Answer: A tree

Scripture states Moses cast a tree into the bitter waters of Marah to make it sweet. (The NIV states he threw a piece of wood into the water.) The miracle was performed while Moses was leading the Israelites on a forty-year-long journey from Egypt to Canaan, known as the Promised Land.

Exodus 15:23-25 explains things this way in the NKJV: "Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter... And the people complained against Moses, saying, 'What shall we drink?' So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet."
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22 According to Exodus 2:21, what was the name of Moses's wife?
Answer: Zipporah

After Moses ran away from Egypt, he went to Midian. During his time there, he helped seven daughters gather water and use it to water the flock. Their father invited him to stay with them and allowed him to marry one of his daughters, Zipporah. Miriam and Aaron would later talk against Moses, because he married a Cushite. (Numbers 12:1)
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23 What was the name of Moses' guardian angel?
Answer: Gabriel

Gabriel was an Angel of Death sent to protect Moses against just that - death. Other than the coal incident (see the info for question 4) Gabriel was also the one responsible for the Pharaoh's daughter to pick up Moses from the Nile, and for sneaking Moses and Aaron into the Egyptian palace the first time they petitioned the Pharaoh to set the Jews free. Gabriel was always on the lookout for Moses.
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24 While Moses' family affairs are interesting, let's move on to some more enlightening aspects of his life. At what mountain did he encounter the burning bush, where the Lord spoke to him?
Answer: Horeb

'Now Moses was tending the flocks of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight - why the bush does not burn up." When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am."' (Exodus 3:1-4)
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25 According to Exodus 8:5-7, what animal came up out of the Nile River in mindboggling massive droves?
Answer: Frogs

Egypt was engulfed in frogs as part of ten punishing plagues unleashed by God on the country. The plague of frogs was the second plague, and took place just after the water of the Nile River had been turned into blood. Details about the plague of frogs are found in Exodus 8:1-15.

According to the passage, God instructed Moses to tell his brother Aaron to stretch his hand and his rod over the streams and rivers of Egypt and presto, the country became infested with frogs. The frogs were so plentiful they were found in the houses of the Egyptians, including their bedrooms, ovens and kneading bowls.
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26 In Numbers 21, the Lord told Moses to build a bronze serpent. What was the reason for this?
Answer: To help people who had been bitten by snakes

The people were upset that they were brought to the wilderness, where they had no food and water, and they basically wanted to go back to Egypt. Apparently the Lord judged their ungrateful attitudes by sending lots of poisonous snakes, which bit and killed many of the people. However, some of them admitted that they sinned and so God told Moses to build the bronze serpent. Anyone who looked at it wouldn't die, even if he/she was bit.

Some Christians believe that the bronze serpent was a symbol/foreshadowing of Jesus Christ. This is because of it being on a pole, which is similar to a cross, as well as because of its saving powers.
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27 According to Exodus 4:14, who helped Moses speak to Pharaoh?
Answer: Aaron

Moses was not that good of a speaker, so he asked his brother, Aaron, for help. God helped both of them know what to say during Moses and Aaron's conversation with Pharaoh.
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28 Moses lived in the Pharaoh's palace until the age of 18. What unfortunate incident made Moses leave the palace?
Answer: he killed an Egyptian

Moses observed an Egyptian beating a Jewish man. Normally he wouldn't have done anything, but the Jew approached Moses because of his status and asked for aid. According to Midrash, the Jew told Moses that the Egyptian had sexually assaulted the Jew's wife the previous night, and was now attempting to kill the Jew. Moses was enraged, and killed the Egyptian. Although the Egyptian was buried under the sand, Pharaoh eventually knew the story, and Pharaoh sought for Moses' death.

Moses was saved by a miracle, and fled the borders of Egypt.
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29 Why did God send Moses back into Egypt?
Answer: To demand that Pharaoh release the Hebrews into the desert

"The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, 'The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.'" (Exodus 3:18)
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30 Out of the ten plagues unleashed on Egypt, what was the final plague?
Answer: Death of the firstborn

Death of the firstborn was the tenth and final plague unleashed on Egypt by God, as per Exodus 11 and 12. The plagues took place to convince the Pharaoh to give approval to the Israelites to leave Egypt and to settle in Canaan, known as the Promised Land. According to Exodus 12:29, "it came to pass at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock."

Shortly after the tenth plague, the Pharaoh granted permission to the Israelites to leave Egypt. However, as the Israelites were leaving the country, the Pharaoh had a change of heart as he ordered his army to pursue the Israelites.
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31 According to Exodus 10:12-15, what voracious insect did God empower Moses to unleash on Egypt, consuming all the flora?
Answer: Locusts

Locusts is the correct answer. According to Scripture, massive clouds of locusts were created when Moses stretched out his hand over the land of Egypt. In fact, the locusts were so plentiful, they darkened the sky. It was the eighth plague unleashed by God on Egypt.

The insects had an insatiable appetite. Exodus 10:15 states the locusts ate "every herb of the land and all the fruit of the trees" with the end result being there was nothing green on the trees or on the plants across Egypt.
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32 According to Deuteronomy 30:18, which body of water was Moses not allowed to cross?
Answer: Jordan River

God had forbidden Moses to cross the Jordan River, because Moses disobeyed Him regarding how to get water from the rock.
    Your options: [ Red Sea ] [ Nile River ] [ Jordan River ] [ Dead Sea ]
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33 After leaving Egypt at the age of 18, in the Torah, Moses fled to Midi'an, but in the Midrash, Moses arrived in a land called Cush. In which modern-day African country is Cush located?
Answer: Sudan

King Nikanos was the King of Cush, located in modern-day Sudan along the Nile River, and he had returned from a war to find that his capital had been traitorously seized by Bala'am, the former advisor to the Pharaoh. He laid siege to his own capital, and during the course of the siege, Moses joined the army and gained much status among them.

When King Nikanos died, Moses was made King of Cush, and was forced to marry the queen. Moses would not have sexual relations with her, and she eventually placed her son by King Nikanos on the throne of Cush. Moses was allowed to leave and was given many riches as a parting gift.
    Your options: [ Sudan ] [ Libya ] [ Tanzania ] [ Eritrea ]
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34 According to Exodus 8:16-17, what substance did God tell Moses to turn into lice to punish the Egyptians?
Answer: Dust

Scripture states dust was miraculously turned into lice as part of the ten plagues unleashed by God on Egypt. The plague of lice took place on the heels of the Nile River turned into blood and massive hordes of frogs engulfing the country. Details of the miracle can be found in Exodus 8:16-19.

According to the passages God instructed Moses to tell his brother Aaron to strike the dust of the land with his rod and when he did so the dust was turned into lice.
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35 According to the Bible, how many daughters did Moses have?
Answer: No daughters are mentioned

Moses apparently didn't have any daughters, or if he did, then they weren't deemed important enough to mention in the Bible. In fact, the only mentioned children of his are his sons from his wife Zipporah, Gershom and Eliezer. So, even if he had other sons, then they weren't talked about. Moses was a very important character and if you believe the tradition that states that he wrote the Bible books from Genesis through Deuteronomy, I think it's most likely he only had the two sons, just because it seems odd that he wouldn't have written about all of his children.
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36 According to Deuteronomy 34:7, at what age did Moses die?
Answer: 120

Moses died circa 1273 B.C. on Mount Nebo. He stayed there while the rest of the Jews crossed the Jordan River and entered into the Promised Land.
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37 According to the Midrash, when Moses came to Midian, what was the first thing that Jethro did?
Answer: imprisoned him for seven years

Moses came to Midian and aided Jethro's daughters in watering their flock of sheep. When Moses came to Jethro's house for dinner, Moses recounted his adventures. Jethro used to frequent the Egyptian palace and knew that Moses was an outlaw, and planned on turning him over to the Pharaoh in exchange for a reward. So Moses was imprisoned and was placed on prison rations.

Moses would have surely died of hunger had not Zipporah, Jethro's eldest daughter, viewed him with favour. She sneaked him extra food for the seven years of his imprisonment, and eventually convinced her father to free Moses from bondage.

The Bible is very vague on this. In Exodus, the only mention is that Moses comes to Jethro for dinner, and suddenly he's married with a child.
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38 What did the Lord tell Moses to do in order for the Israelites to flee from Pharaoh?
Answer: 'Raise his staff and stretch his hand over the sea'

This event is directly quoted from Exodus 14:16.
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39 According to Exodus 7:10-12, whose rod was turned into a serpent that swallowed the serpents created by the Egyptians sorcerers?
Answer: Aaron

Aaron, the brother of Moses, is the correct answer. Exodus 7:10-12 provides an account of Moses and Aaron appearing before the Pharaoh to seek permission for the Israelites to leave Egypt. To impress the Pharaoh, Aaron cast down his rod and it became a serpent. In turn, the Pharaoh called upon his wise men and the sorcerers and amazingly they too were able to cast down their rods and they became serpents.

However, to everyone's astonishment, Aaron's rod swallowed up the other rods.
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40 Numbers 11:1-9 talk about the people complaining that they had better food to eat in Egypt. In Numbers 11:14-15, what was Moses' reaction?
Answer: He told God that he couldn't handle the burden and he wanted to be dead.

According to Numbers 11:1-3, the people were complaining and God got angry, so He sent a fire which destroyed some of their camp. Although Moses prayed to end the fire at the request of the people, they continued to complain.
"The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, 'Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.'" (11:4-6, New American Standard Bible)

Moses said to God, "I alone am not able to carry all this people, because it is too burdensome for me. So if Thou are going to deal thus with me, please kill me at once, if I have found favor in Thy sight, and do not let me see my wretchedness." (11:14-15, NASB)

The Lord, instead of killing Moses, put His spirit upon seventy elders of Israel and they became assistants to Moses (Numbers 11:16-17).
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