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Exodus 2

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 1 Now a man of the house of Levi took as his wife a daughter of Levi.

 2 And the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him for three months.

 3 And when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket of bulrushes for him and daubed it with tar and pitch. Then she put the child in it and she laid it among the reeds by the river's bank.

 4 And his sister [Miriam] stood at a distance to see what would become of him.

 5 Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe in the river, and her maidens walked along the river bank; and when she saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to fetch it.

 6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child, and the baby wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children."

 7 Then the baby's sister [Miriam] said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse of the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?"

 8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go." And the maiden went and called the child's mother.

 9 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child away and nurse it for me, and I will give you wages." And the women took the child and nursed it.

 10 When the child grew older she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. And she called him Moses, for she said, "Because I drew him out of the water."

 11 Now it came to pass, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brothers and looked at their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

 12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

 13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two of the Hebrew men were fighting; and he said to the one who had done the wrong, "Why are you striking your companion?"

 14 And the man said, "Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" And Moses was afraid and thought, "Surely this thing is known."

 15 Now when Pharaoh heard of this, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and took refuge in the land of Midian, where [when he arrived,] he sat down by a well.

 16 Now 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 And when they came to Jethro their father, he said, "How is it that you have come back so soon today?"

 19 And they said, "An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water for us and watered the flock."

 20 Then he said to his daughters, "And where is he? Why have you have left the man? Call him, that he may have something to eat."

 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man; and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah for a wife.

 22 And she bore him a son, and he called him Gershom; for he said, "I have been a stranger in a foreign land."

 23 Now it happened after a long period of time, that the king of Egypt died; and the children of Israel sighed and cried out because of their bondage. They cried out and their cry for help came up to God.

 24 And God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and he had concern for them.


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