Exodus 2

The Birth of Moses

Now a man from a the house of Levi went and
Lit took
married a daughter of Levi.
The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw
Lit him that
that he was
Lit good
e beautiful, she hid him for three months.
But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a
I.e. papyrus reeds
g wicker
Or chest
basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the i reeds by the bank of the Nile.
j His sister stood at a distance to
Lit know
find out what would
Lit be done
happen to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down m to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the
Or chest
basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her.
When she opened it, she
Heb saw it, the child
saw the child, and behold, the
Or lad
boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call
Lit a woman giving suck
a nurse for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?”
Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go ahead.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Then 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 The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and r he became her son. And she named him
Heb Mosheh, from mashah
Moses, and said, “Because I
Heb mashah
drew him out of the water.”

11 Now it came about in those days u when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their
Lit burdens
w hard labors; and x he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.
12 So he
Lit turned
looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he z struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
13 He went out aa the next day, and behold, two Hebrews were
Or quarreling
fighting with each other; and he said to the
Or the guilty one
offender, “Why are you striking your companion?”
14 But he said ad Who made you a
Lit man, a prince
prince or a judge over us? Are you
Lit saying in your heart
intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and said, “Surely the matter has become known.”

Moses Escapes to Midian

15 When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But ag Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and
Lit dwelt
settled in the land of Midian, and he sat down ai by a well.

16 Now aj the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and ak they came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Then the shepherds came and drove them away, but al Moses stood up and helped them and watered their flock. 18 When they came to am Reuel their father, he said, “Why have you come back so soon today?” 19 So they said, “An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and what is more, he even drew the water for us and watered the flock.” 20 He said to his daughters, “Where is he then? Why is it that you have left the man behind? Invite him
Lit that he may eat bread
to have something to eat.”
21  ao Moses was willing to dwell with the man, and he gave his daughter ap Zipporah to Moses. 22 Then she gave birth to aq a son, and he named him
Cf Heb ger sham, a stranger there
Gershom, for he said, “I have been as a
Heb ger
sojourner in a foreign land.”

23 Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel au sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and av their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. 24 So aw God heard their groaning; and God remembered ax His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25  ay God saw the sons of Israel, and God
Lit knew them
took notice of them.
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