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Exodus 2:1-25

2  And a man of the family of Levi went and married Levi’s daughter; 2  and the woman conceived and had a son, and saw it was a fine one, and kept him under cover three months, 3  but could not any longer. And she took a box made of papyrus stalks, and asphalted it with asphalt and pitch, and laid the child in it and laid it in the weeds along the Nile; 4  and his sister took her stand at a distance to find out what would be done with him. 5  And the Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe by the Nile, and her maids went along the Nile; and she saw the box among the weeds, and reached out her hand and took it, 6  and opened it and saw, and found it was a crying boy; and she did not want it hurt, and said “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” 7  And his sister said to the Pharaoh’s daughter “Shall I go and call a nursing woman for you, one of the Hebrews, to nurse the child for you?” 8  And the Pharaoh’s daughter said “Go”; and the lass went and called the child’s mother, 9  and the Pharaoh’s daughter said to her “Take this child along and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” And the woman took the child and nursed him; 10  and the child grew big, and she brought him to the Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became son to her. And she named him Moses, and said “Because I drew him out of the water.” 11  And in those days Moses grew up and went out where his brothers were and saw the loads they carried; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brothers. 12  And he turned his head this way and that, and saw there was nobody, and he struck down the Egyptian and covered him up in the sand. 13  And he went out the next day and found two Hebrews tussling, and said to the aggressor “What are you striking your mate for?” 14  and he said “Who appointed you captain and judge over us? are you thinking of killing me as you did the Egyptian?” and Moses was afraid, and said “Why, the affair has become known.” 15  And the Pharaoh heard of this affair, and tried to kill Moses; and Moses left the country for fear of the Pharaoh, and settled in the country of Midian. And he came into the country of Midian and sat down by the well. 16  And the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock, 17  and the men shepherds came and drove them away; and Moses stood up and gave them help and watered their flock. 18  And they came to their father Reghuel, and he said “How comes it you are in early today?” 19  and they said “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds, and drew water for us too, and watered the flock.” 20  And he said to his daughters “And where is he? what did you leave the man there for? invite him to come to me and have something to eat.” 21  And Moses consented to stay with the man; and he gave his daughter Sipporah to Moses, 22*  and she had a son, whom he named Gershom, because he thought “I was an emigrant in a foreign country.” 23  And during that long time the king of Egypt died; and the sons of Israel moaned at their slavery; and they cried out, and their clamor at their slavery went up to God, 24  and God heard their groaning. And God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; 25*  and God saw the sons of Israel, and God took cognizance.


2:22 In Hebrew ger means emigrant, immigrant, and sham means there
2:25 Susp.; doubtful var. the slavery of the sons of Israel