Years later,a after Moses had grown up, he went out to his own peopleb and observed their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people.
Looking all around and seeing no one, he struck the Egyptian dead and hid him in the sand.
The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, "Why are you attacking your neighbor?"c14
"Who made you a leader and judge over us?" the man replied. "Are you planning to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses became afraid and thought: What I did is certainly known.
When Pharaoh heard about this, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian, and sat down by a well.
Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
Then some shepherds arrived and drove them away, but Moses came to their rescue and watered their flock.
When they returned to their father Reueld he asked, "Why have you come back so quickly today?"
They answered, "An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock."
"So where is he?" he asked his daughters. "Why then did you leave the man behind? Invite him to eat dinner."
Moses agreed to stay with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses [in marriage].
She gave birth to a son whom he named Gershom, for he said, "I have become a stranger in a foreign land."ef23
After a long time, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned because of their difficult labor, and they cried out; and their cry for help ascended to God because of the difficult labor.
So God heard their groaning, and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
God saw the Israelites, and He took notice.