1A man and a woman from the tribe of Levi got married.2She became pregnant and had a son by him. She saw that her baby was a fine child. So she hid him for three months.3After that, she couldn't hide him any longer. So she got a basket that was made out of the stems of tall grass. She coated it with tar. Then she placed the child in it. She put the basket in the tall grass that grew along the bank of the Nile River.4The child's sister wasn't very far away. She wanted to see what would happen to him.5Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile River to take a bath. Her attendants were walking along the bank of the river. She saw the basket in the tall grass. So she sent her female slave to get it.6When she opened it, she saw the baby. He was crying. She felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.7Then his sister spoke to Pharaoh's daughter. She asked, “Do you want me to go and get one of the Hebrew women? She could nurse the baby for you.”8“Yes. Go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby's mother.9Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Take this baby. Nurse him for me. I'll pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.10When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter. And he became her son. She named him Moses. She said, “I pulled him out of the water.”
Moses Escapes to Midian
11Moses grew up. One day, he went out to where his own people were. He watched them while they were hard at work. He saw an Egyptian hitting a Hebrew man. The man was one of Moses’ own people.12Moses looked around and didn't see anyone. So he killed the Egyptian. Then he hid his body in the sand.13The next day Moses went out again. He saw two Hebrew men fighting. He asked the one who had started the fight a question. He said, “Why are you hitting another Hebrew man?”14The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking about killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses became afraid. He thought, “People must have heard about what I did.”15When Pharaoh heard about what had happened, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses escaped from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian. There he sat down by a well.16A priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to fill the stone tubs with water. They wanted to give water to their father's flock.17Some shepherds came along and drove the women away. But Moses got up and helped them. Then he gave water to their flock.18The young women returned to their father Reuel. He asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”19They answered, “An Egyptian saved us from the shepherds. He even got water for us and gave it to the flock.”20“Where is he?” he asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”21Moses agreed to stay with the man. And the man gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses to be his wife.22Zipporah had a son by him. Moses named him Gershom. Moses said, “I'm an outsider in a strange land.”23After a long time, the king of Egypt died. The people of Israel groaned because they were slaves. They also cried out to God. Their cry for help went up to him.24God heard their groans. He remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.25So God looked on the Israelites with favor. He was concerned about them.
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The Birth of Moses
1Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. (Ex 6:20; Nu 26:59; 1Ch 23:14)2The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. (Ac 7:20; Heb 11:23)3When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. (Ex 2:5; Isa 19:6)4And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. (Ex 15:20; Nu 26:59)5Now 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.6When 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.”7Then 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?”8And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother.9And 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.10When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.” (2Sa 22:17; Ps 18:16; Ac 7:21; Heb 11:24)
Moses Flees to Midian
11One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. (Ex 1:11; Ac 7:23; Heb 11:24)12He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. (Ac 7:24)13When 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?” (Ac 7:23)14He answered, “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.” (Lu 12:14)15When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by a well. (Ge 24:11; Ge 29:2; Ac 7:29; Heb 11:27)16Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. (Ge 24:11; Ge 29:10; Ex 3:1; 1Sa 9:11)17The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and watered their flock. (Ge 29:10)18When they came home to their father Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?” (Ex 3:1; Ex 4:18; Ex 18:1; Ex 18:5; Ex 18:9; Ex 18:12; Nu 10:29)19They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.” (Ex 2:17)20He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” (Ge 31:54; Ge 43:25)21And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. (Ex 4:25; Ex 18:2)22She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.” (Ex 18:3; Ac 7:29; Heb 11:13)