Now a man of the house of Levi1 married a Levite woman,22
and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine3 child, she hid him for three months.43
But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus5 basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch.6 Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds7 along the bank of the Nile.
His sister8 stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank.9 She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it.
She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said.
Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?"
"Yes, go," she answered. And the girl went and got the baby's mother.
Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you." So the woman took the baby and nursed him.
When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named10 him Moses,a saying, "I drew11 him out of the water."
One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people12 were and watched them at their hard labor.13 He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people.
Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian 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 hitting your fellow Hebrew?"1414
The man said, "Who made you ruler and judge over us?15 Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid and thought, "What I did must have become known."
When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill16 Moses, but Moses fled17 from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian,18 where he sat down by a well.
Now a priest of Midian19 had seven daughters, and they came to draw water20 and fill the troughs21 to water their father's flock.
Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue22 and watered their flock.2318
When the girls returned to Reuel24 their father, he asked them, "Why have you returned so early today?"
They answered, "An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock."
"And where is he?" he asked his daughters. "Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat."2521
Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah26 to Moses in marriage.
Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom,b27 saying, "I have become an alien28 in a foreign land."
During that long period,29 the king of Egypt died.30 The Israelites groaned in their slavery31 and cried out, and their cry32 for help because of their slavery went up to God.
God heard their groaning and he remembered33 his covenant34 with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.
So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned35 about them.