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Exodus 2

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2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.

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

2:3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch; and she put the child therein, and laid it in the flags by the river's brink.

2:4 And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

2:5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe in the river; and her maidens walked along by the river-side; and she saw the ark among the flags, and sent her handmaid to fetch it.

2:6 And she opened it, and saw it, even the child; and behold a boy that wept. And she had compassion on him, and said: 'This is one of the Hebrews' children.'

2:7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter: 'Shall I go and call thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?'

2:8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her: 'Go.' And the maiden went and called the child's mother.

2:9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her: 'Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages.' And the woman took the child, and nursed it.

2:10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses, and said: 'Because I drew him out of the water.'

2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown up, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens; and he saw an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

2:12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he smote the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

2:13 And he went out the second day, and, behold, two men of the Hebrews were striving together; and he said to him that did the wrong: 'Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?'

2:14 And he said: 'Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? thinkest thou to kill me, as thou didst kill the Egyptian?' And Moses feared, and said: 'Surely the thing is known.'

2:15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.

2:16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.

2:17 And the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

2:18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said: 'How is it that ye are come so soon to-day?'

2:19 And they said: 'An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and moreover he drew water for us, and watered the flock.'

2:20 And he said unto his daughters: 'And where is he? Why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.'

2:21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man; and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

2:22 And she bore a son, and he called his name Gershom; for he said: 'I have been a stranger in a strange land.'

2:23 And it came to pass in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died; and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

2:24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

2:25 And God saw the children of Israel, and God took cognizance of them.

 

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