One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people1 were and watched them at their hard labor.2 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?"314
The man said, "Who made you ruler and judge over us?4 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 kill5 Moses, but Moses fled6 from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian,7 where he sat down by a well.
Now a priest of Midian8 had seven daughters, and they came to draw water9 and fill the troughs10 to water their father's flock.
Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue11 and watered their flock.1218
When the girls returned to Reuel13 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."1421
Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah15 to Moses in marriage.
Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom,a16 saying, "I have become an alien17 in a foreign land."
During that long period,18 the king of Egypt died.19 The Israelites groaned in their slavery20 and cried out, and their cry21 for help because of their slavery went up to God.
God heard their groaning and he remembered22 his covenant23 with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.