One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people3 were and watched them at their hard labor.4 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?"514
The man said, "Who made you ruler and judge over us?6 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 kill7 Moses, but Moses fled8 from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian,9 where he sat down by a well.
Now a priest of Midian10 had seven daughters, and they came to draw water11 and fill the troughs12 to water their father's flock.
Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue13 and watered their flock.1418
When the girls returned to Reuel15 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."16