Exodus 1:8-2:10 & 3:1-15
1:8 Now a newI kingII aroseIII
over EgyptIV who did not knowV Joseph.VI
9 He saidVII to his people,VIII “Look,IX
the IsraeliteX people are more numerousXI and more powerfulXII than we.
10 Come,XIII let us deal shrewdlyXIV with them, orXV they willXVI
increaseXVII and, in the event ofXVIII war,XIX joinXX
our enemiesXXI and fightXXII against us and escapeXXIII from the land.”XXIV
11 Therefore they setXXV taskmastersXXVI over them to oppressXXVII them with forced labor.XXVIII
They builtXXIX supplyXXX cities,XXXI
PithomXXXII and Rameses,XXXIII for Pharaoh.XXXIV 12 But the more they were oppressed, the moreXXXV they multipliedXXXVI
andXXXVII spread,XXXVIII so that the Egyptians came to dreadXXXIX, XL the Israelites.
13 The EgyptiansXLI subjectedXLII the Israelites to hard servitudeXLIII
14 and made their livesXLIV bitterXLV with hardXLVI servitudeXLVII
in mortarXLVIII and bricksXLIX and in every kindL of fieldLI labor.LII
They were ruthlessLIII in allLIV the tasksLV that they imposedLVI on them.
15 The king of Egypt said to the HebrewLVII midwives,LVIII oneLIX of whom
was namedLX ShiphrahLXI and theLXII otherLXIII Puah,LXIV
16 LXV“When you act as midwivesLXVI to the Hebrew women and seeLXVII them on the birthstool,LXVIII
if it is a son,LXIX killLXX him, but if it is a daughter,LXXI she shall live.”LXXII
17 But the midwives fearedLXXIII God;LXXIV they did not doLXXV as the king of Egypt commandedLXXVI them, but they let the boysLXXVII live.LXXVIII
18 So the king of Egypt summonedLXXIX the midwives and said to them, “WhyLXXX have you done thisLXXXI and allowed the boys to live?”LXXXII
19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew womenLXXXIII are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorousLXXXIV and give birthLXXXV beforeLXXXVI the midwife comesLXXXVII to them.”
20 So God dealt wellLXXXVIII with the midwives, and the people multiplied and became veryLXXXIX strong.XC 21 AndXCI because the midwives feared God, he gaveXCII them families.XCIII
22 Then Pharaoh commandedXCIV all his people,XCV “EveryXCVI son that is bornXCVII to the Hebrews you shall throwXCVIII into the Nile,XCIX but you shall let every daughter live.”C
2:1 Now a manCI from the houseCII of LeviCIII wentCIV and marriedCV a Levite woman.CVI
2 The womanCVII conceivedCVIII and boreCIX a son, and when she saw that he was a fineCX baby,
she hidCXI him threeCXII months.CXIII 3 When she couldCXIV hide him no longerCXV
she gotCXVI a papyrusCXVII basketCXVIII for him and plasteredCXIX it
with bitumenCXX and pitch;CXXI she putCXXII the childCXXIII in it
and placedCXXIV it among the reedsCXXV on the bankCXXVI of the river.CXXVII
4 His sisterCXXVIII stoodCXXIX at a distance,CXXX to seeCXXXI what would happenCXXXII to him.
5 The daughter of Pharaoh came downCXXXIII to batheCXXXIV at the river, while her attendantsCXXXV walkedCXXXVI besideCXXXVII the river.
She sawCXXXVIII the basket amongCXXXIX the reeds and sentCXL her maidCXLI to bringCXLII it.
6 When she openedCXLIII it, she sawCXLIV the child.CXLV, CXLVI He was crying,CXLVII and she took pityCXLVIII on him. “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said.
7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I goCXLIX and getCL you a nurseCLI from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?”
8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.”CLII
So the girlCLIII wentCLIV and calledCLV the child’s mother.CLVI
9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “TakeCLVII this child and nurse it for me, and I will giveCLVIII you your wages.”CLIX So the woman tookCLX the child and nursedCLXI it.
10 When the child grew up,CLXII she broughtCLXIII him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he becameCLXIV her son. She namedCLXV him Moses,CLXVI “because,” she said, “I drewCLXVII him out of the water.”CLXVIII
3:1 CLXIXMoses was keepingCLXX the flockCLXXI of his father-in-lawCLXXII Jethro,CLXXIII
the priestCLXXIV of Midian;CLXXV he ledCLXXVI his flock
beyondCLXXVII the wildernessCLXXVIII and cameCLXXIX to Mount Horeb,CLXXX the mountainCLXXXI of God.
2 There the angelCLXXXII of the LordCLXXXIII appearedCLXXXIV to him
in a flameCLXXXV of fireCLXXXVI out ofCLXXXVII a bush;CLXXXVIII
he looked,CLXXXIX andCXC the bush was blazing,CXCI yet itCXCII was notCXCIII consumed.CXCIV
3 Then Moses said, “I must turn asideCXCV, CXCVI and lookCXCVII at this greatCXCVIII sightCXCIX and see why the bush is not burned up.”CC
4 When the Lord sawCCI that he had turned aside to see,CCII God called to him out of the bush,CCIII “Moses, Moses!”
And he said, “Here I am.”CCIV
5 Then he said, “Come no closer!CCV RemoveCCVI the sandalsCCVII from your feet,CCVIII
for the placeCCIX on which you are standingCCX is holyCCXI ground.”
6 He said further, “I am the God of your father,CCXII the God of Abraham,CCXIII the God of Isaac,CCXIV and the God of Jacob.”CCXV
And Moses hidCCXVI his face,CCXVII for he was afraidCCXVIII to lookCCXIX at God.
7 Then the Lord said, “I have observedCCXX the miseryCCXXI of my people who are in Egypt; I have heardCCXXII
their cryCCXXIII on account ofCCXXIV their taskmasters.CCXXV Indeed, I know their sufferings,CCXXVI
8 and I have come downCCXXVII to deliverCCXXVIII them fromCCXXIX the Egyptians and to bring them upCCXXX out of that land to a goodCCXXXI and spaciousCCXXXII land,
to a land flowingCCXXXIII with milkCCXXXIV and honey,CCXXXV
to the countryCCXXXVI of the Canaanites,CXXXVII the Hittites,CCXXXVIII
the Amorites,CCXXXIX the Perizzites,CCXL the Hivites,CCXLI and the Jebusites.CCXLII
9 CCXLIIIThe cryCCXLIV of the Israelites has now comeCCXLV to me; I have also seenCCXLVI howCCXLVII the Egyptians oppressCCXLVIII them.
10 Now go,CCXLIX I am sending you to Pharaoh to bringCCL my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should goCCLI to Pharaoh and bringCCLII the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 He said, “I will beCCLIII with you, and this shall be the signCCLIV for you that it is I who sent you: when you have broughtCCLV the people out of Egypt, you shall serveCCLVI God on this mountain.”
13 But Moses said to God, “CCLVIIIf I comeCCLVIII to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestorsCCLIX has sent me to you,’ and they askCCLX me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
15 God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’:
This is my name forever,CCLXI
and this my titleCCLXII for all generations.CCLXIII
Image credit: “The Burning Bush” by Frank Wesley.