Bible: Exodus 2:1-10


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 

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