Whom did God seek to kill in Exodus 4: 24?

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Exodus 4:24 Exodus 4:24And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
American King James Version×
says: “And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the Lord met him and sought to kill him.”

Whether it was Moses or his son whom God sought to kill has been disputed by a number of Hebrew scholars. Verse 24 does not clearly give the answer. But it is clear from the story that Moses was the one at fault. Moses knew that all Israelites were to be circumcised when they were eight days old. However, his wife was not an Israelite and did not believe in circumcision. It appears that Moses let his wife have her way; and in doing so, he failed to obey God’s command to circumcise his son (Genesis 17:10-14 Genesis 17:10-14 10 This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your seed after you; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of your seed. 13 He that is born in your house, and he that is bought with your money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.
American King James Version×

If you will read all of Exodus 4, you will see that Moses was going back to lead God’s people, Israel, out of Egypt. God could not allow His direct representative to lead the entire nation of Israel if he wasn’t obedient in all things and if he wasn’t leading his household as he should have.

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