Exodus 2

Birth of Moses

(1) A man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a daughter of Levi.

(2) The woman conceived, and gave birth to a son, and when she saw that he was a well-favored child, she hid him three months.

(3) When she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child in it, and she laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank.

(4) And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

Pharaoh’s Daughter Takes Moses as Her Son

(5) The daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river, and her maidens walked along by the river, and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it.

(6) When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. And she had compassion 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 for you a nurse from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?"

(8) Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, "Go." So the maiden went and called the child’s mother.

(9) Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, "Take this child away, and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages." And the woman took the child, and nursed him.

(10) The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she named him Moses, and she said, "Because I drew him out of the water."

Moses Kills an Egyptian

(11) It came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren, and looked at their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

(12) So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no man, he killed the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

(13) When he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were quarreling with each other, and he said to him that did the wrong, "Why did you strike your companion?"

(14) He said, "Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me, as you killed the Egyptian?" So Moses feared, and said, "Surely this thing is known."

Pharaoh Desires to Kill Moses but Moses Fled

(15) Now when Pharaoh heard of this thing, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.

(16) The priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.

(17) Then the shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

(18) So when they came to Reuel their father, he said, "How is it that YOU have come so soon today?"

(19) They said, "An Egyptian delivered us out of the hands of the shepherds, and also drew enough water for us, and watered the flock."

(20) He said to his daughters, "And where is he? Why is it that YOU have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread."

Moses and Zipporah have a Child, Gershom

(21) And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah.

(22) She bore him a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, "I have been a stranger in a strange land."

(23) It came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died, and the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up to God because of the bondage.

God Remembers His Covenant

(24) God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

(25) And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God took notice of them.

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