During this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married.
The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw what a beautiful baby he was and kept him hidden for three months.
But when she could no longer hide him, she got a little basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the edge of the Nile River.
The baby's sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.
Soon after this, one of Pharaoh's daughters came down to bathe in the river, and her servant girls walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the little basket among the reeds, she told one of her servant girls to get it for her.
As the princess opened it, she found the baby boy. His helpless cries touched her heart. "He must be one of the Hebrew children," she said.
Then the baby's sister approached the princess. "Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" she asked.
"Yes, do!" the princess replied. So the girl rushed home and called the baby's mother.
"Take this child home and nurse him for me," the princess told her. "I will pay you for your help." So the baby's mother took her baby home and nursed him.
Later, when he was older, the child's mother brought him back to the princess, who adopted him as her son. The princess named him Moses, a for she said, "I drew him out of the water."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)