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Exodus

MOSES: Birth.  Ex.2.1-10

1A descendant of Levi married a Levite woman 2who conceived and bore a son. When she saw what a fine child he was, she hid him for three months, 3but she could conceal him no longer. So she got a rush basket for him, made it watertight with clay and tar, laid him in it, and put it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. 4The child's sister took her stand at a distance to see what would happen to him. 5Pharaoh's daughter came down to bathe in the river, while her ladies-in-waiting walked along the bank. She noticed the basket among the reeds and sent her slave-girl for it. She took it from her 6and when she opened it, she saw the child. It was crying, and she was filled with pity for it. 'Why,' she said, 'it is a little Hebrew boy.' 7Thereupon the sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, 'Shall I go and fetch one of the Hebrew women as a wet-nurse to suckle the child for you?' 8Pharaoh's daughter told her to go; so the girl went and called the baby's mother. 9Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, 'Here is the child, suckle him for me, and I will pay you for it myself.' So the woman took the child and suckled him. 10When the child was old enough, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, who adopted him and called him Moses Heb Mosheh, 'because', she said, 'I drew Heb verb mashah him out of the water.'

Moses escapes to Midian.  Ex.2.11-25

11ONE DAY WHEN MOSES WAS GROWN UP, he went out to his own kinsmen and saw them at their heavy labour. He saw an Egyptian strike one of his fellow Hebrews. 12He looked this way and that, and, seeing there was no one about, he struck the Egyptian down and hid his body in the sand. 13When he went out next day, two Hebrews were fighting together. He asked the man who was in the wrong, 'Why are you striking him?' 14'Who set you up as an officer and judge over us?' the man replied. 'Do you mean to murder me as you murdered the Egyptian?' Moses was alarmed. 'The thing must have become known', he said to himself. 15When Pharaoh heard of it, he tried to put Moses to death, but Moses made good his escape and settled in the land of Midian.

16Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. One day as Moses sat by a well, they came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father's sheep. 17Some shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses got up, took the girls' part and watered their sheep himself. 18When the girls came back to their father Reuel, he 'asked, 'How is it that you are back so quickly today?' 19'An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds,' they answered; 'and he even drew the water for us and watered the sheep.' 20'But where is he then?' he said to his daughters. 'Why did you leave him behind? Go and invite him to eat with us.' 21So it came about that Moses agreed to live with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah in marriage. 22She bore him a son, and Moses called him Gershom, 'because', he said, 'I have become an alien Heb ger living in a foreign land.'

23YEARS PASSED, and the king of Egypt died, but the Israelites still groaned in slavery. They cried out, and their appeal for rescue from their slavery rose up to God. 24He heard their groaning, and remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; 25he saw the plight of Israel, and he took heed of it.


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