1 Now a manI from the houseII of LeviIII
wentIV and marriedV a Levite woman.VI 2 The womanVII conceivedVIII and boreIX a son;X
and when she sawXI that he was a fineXII baby, she hidXIII him threeXIV months.XV
3 When she couldXVI hide him no longer she gotXVII a papyrusXVIII basketXIX for him, and plasteredXX it with bitumenXXI and pitch;XXII
she putXXIII the childXXIV in it and placedXXV it among the reedsXXVI on the bankXXVII of the river.XXVIII
4 His sisterXXIX stoodXXX at a distance,XXXI to seeXXXII what would happenXXXIII to him.
5 The daughterXXXIV of PharaohXXXV came downXXXVI to batheXXXVII at the river,
while her attendantsXXXVIII walkedXXXIX besideXL the river. She saw the basket amongXLI the reeds and sentXLII her maidXLIII to bringXLIV it.
6 When she openedXLV it, she saw the child.XLVI HeXLVII was crying,XLVIII and she took pityXLIX on him. “This must be one of the Hebrews’L children,” she said.
7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and getLI you a nurseLII from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?”
8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.”LIII So the girlLIV went and calledLV the child’s mother.LVI
9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “TakeLVII this child and nurse it for me, and I will giveLVIII you your wages.”LIX So the woman tookLX the child and nursedLXI it. 10 When the child grew up,LXII she broughtLXIII him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she tookLXIV him as her son.
She namedLXV him Moses,LXVI “because,” she said, “I drewLXVII him out of the water.”LXVIII
11 LXIXOne day,LXX after Moses had grown up, he went outLXXI to his peopleLXXII and saw their forced labor.LXXIII
He sawLXXIV an EgyptianLXXV beatingLXXVI aLXXVII Hebrew, one of his kinsfolk.LXXVIII
12 He lookedLXXIX this way and that, and seeing no oneLXXX he killedLXXXI the Egyptian and hidLXXXII him in the sand.LXXXIII
13 When he went out the nextLXXXIV day,LXXXV he saw twoLXXXVI, LXXXVII Hebrews fighting;LXXXVIII and he said to the one who was in the wrong,LXXXIX “Why do you strikeXC your fellowXCI Hebrew?”
14 He answered, “Who madeXCII you aXCIII rulerXCIV and judgeXCV over us? Do you mean to killXCVI me as you killedXCVII the Egyptian?”
Then Moses was afraidXCVIII and thought, “SurelyXCIX the thingC is known.”CI
15 When Pharaoh heardCII of it,CIII he soughtCIV to killCV Moses.
But Moses fledCVI fromCVII Pharaoh. He settledCVIII in the landCIX of Midian,CX and sat downCXI by a well.CXII
16 The priestCXIII of Midian had sevenCXIV daughters. They cameCXV to draw water,CXVI
and filledCXVII the troughsCXVIII to waterCXIX their father’sCXX flock.CXXI
17 But some shepherdsCXXII came and drove them away.CXXIII Moses got upCXXIV and came to their defenseCXXV and watered their flock.
18 When they returnedCXXVI to their father Reuel,CXXVII he said, “How is it that you have come backCXXVIII so soon today?”CXXIX
19 They said, “AnCXXX Egyptian helpedCXXXI us againstCXXXII the shepherds; he even drew waterCXXXIII for us and watered the flock.”
20 He said to his daughters, “Where is he? Why did you leaveCXXXIV the man? InviteCXXXV him to breakCXXXVI bread.”CXXXVII
21 Moses agreedCXXXVIII to stayCXXXIX with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter ZipporahCXL in marriage.CXLI
22 She bore a son, and he named him Gershom;CXLII for he said, “I have beenCXLIII an alienCXLIV residing in a foreignCXLV land.”
23 CXLVIAfter a longCXLVII timeCXLVIII the kingCXLIX of EgyptCL died.CLI
The IsraelitesCLII groanedCLIII under their slavery,CLIV and cried out.CLV
Out of the slavery their cryCLVI for help rose upCLVII to God.CLVIII
24 God heard their groaning,CLIX and God rememberedCLX his covenantCLXI
with Abraham,CLXII Isaac,CLXIII and Jacob.CLXIV 25 God lookedCLXV upon the Israelites, and God took noticeCLXVI of them.
Image credit: “Moses – The First 40 Years” by John Paul Stanley of YoMinistry.