The Birth of Moses1 Now a a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son, and b when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes ▼
▼ Hebrew papyrus reedsand daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the d reeds by the river bank. 4 And e his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. 5 Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became f her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I g drew him out of the water.” ▼
▼ Moses sounds like the Hebrew for draw out
Moses Flees to Midian11 One day, i when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their j burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. ▼
▼ Hebrew brothers12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he l struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 When m he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?” 14 He answered, n “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But o Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by p a well. 16 Now the q priest of Midian had seven daughters, and r they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and s watered their flock. 18 When they came home to their father t Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and u watered the flock.” 20 He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may v eat bread.” 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter w Zipporah. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he called his name x Gershom, for he said, “I have been a y sojourner ▼
▼ Gershom sounds like the Hebrew for sojournerin a foreign land.”
God Hears Israel’s Groaning23 aa During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel ab groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. ac Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And ad God heard their groaning, and God ae remembered his covenant with af Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God ag saw the people of Israel—and God ah knew.
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