Jethro, priest of Midian and father-in-law to Moses, heard the report of all that God had done for Moses and Israel his people, the news that God had delivered Israel from Egypt.
Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, had taken in Zipporah, Moses' wife who had been sent back home,
and her two sons. The name of the one was Gershom (Sojourner) for he had said, "I'm a sojourner in a foreign land";
the name of the other was Eliezer (God's-Help) because "The God of my father is my help and saved me from death by Pharaoh."
Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, brought Moses his sons and his wife there in the wilderness where he was camped at the mountain of God.
He had sent a message ahead to Moses: "I, your father-in-law, am coming to you with your wife and two sons."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)