Bible: Exodus 2


The Birth of the Deliverer


A man from the household 2  of Levi married 3  a woman who was a descendant of Levi. 4  2:2 The woman became pregnant 5  and gave birth to a son. When 6  she saw that 7  he was a healthy 8  child, she hid him for three months. 2:3 But when she was no longer able to hide him, she took a papyrus basket 9  for him and sealed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and set it among the reeds along the edge of the Nile. 10  2:4 His sister stationed herself 11  at a distance to find out 12  what would 13  happen to him.

2:5 Then the daughter of Pharaoh 14  came down to wash herself 15  by the Nile, while her attendants were walking alongside the river, 16  and she saw the basket among the reeds. She sent one of her attendants, 17  took it, 18  2:6 opened it, 19  and saw the child 20 a boy, 21  crying! 22  – and she felt compassion 23  for him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”

2:7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get 24  a nursing woman 25  for you from the Hebrews, so that she may nurse 26  the child for you? 2:8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes, do so.” 27  So the young girl 28  went and got 29  the child’s mother. 30  2:9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child 31  and nurse him for me, and I will pay your 32  wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.

2:10 When the child grew older 33  she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. 34  She named him Moses, saying, “Because I drew him from the water.” 35 


The Presumption of the Deliverer


In those days, 37  when 38  Moses had grown up, he went out to his people 39  and observed 40  their hard labor, and he saw an Egyptian man attacking 41  a Hebrew man, one of his own people. 42  2:12 He looked this way and that 43  and saw that no one was there, 44  and then he attacked 45  the Egyptian and concealed the body 46  in the sand. 2:13 When he went out 47  the next day, 48  there were 49  two Hebrew men fighting. So he said to the one who was in the wrong, 50 Why are you attacking 51  your fellow Hebrew? 52 

2:14 The man 53  replied, “Who made you a ruler 54  and a judge over us? Are you planning 55  to kill me like you killed that 56  Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, thinking, 57 Surely what I did 58  has become known.” 2:15 When Pharaoh heard 59  about this event, 60  he sought to kill Moses. So Moses fled 61  from Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, 62  and he settled 63  by a certain well. 64 

2:16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and began to draw 65  water 66  and fill 67  the troughs in order to water their father’s flock. 2:17 When some 68  shepherds came and drove them away, 69  Moses came up and defended them 70  and then watered their flock. 2:18 So when they came home 71  to their father Reuel, 72  he asked, “Why have you come home so early 73  today? 2:19 They said, “An Egyptian man rescued us 74  from the shepherds, 75  and he actually 76  drew water for us and watered the flock! 2:20 He said 77  to his daughters, “So where is he? 78  Why in the world 79  did you leave the man? Call him, so that he may eat 80  a meal 81  with us.”

2:21 Moses agreed 82  to stay with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 83  2:22 When she bore 84  a son, Moses 85  named him Gershom, for he said, “I have become a resident foreigner in a foreign land.” 86 


The Call of the Deliverer


During 88  that long period of time 89  the king of Egypt died, and the Israelites 90  groaned because of the slave labor. They cried out, and their desperate cry 91  because of their slave labor went up to God. 2:24 God heard their groaning, 92  God remembered 93  his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, 2:25 God saw 94  the Israelites, and God understood. 95 

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