When they got home to their father, Reuel, he said, "That didn't take long. Why are you back so soon?"
"An Egyptian," they said, "rescued us from a bunch of shepherds. Why, he even drew water for us and watered the sheep."
He said, "So where is he? Why did you leave him behind? Invite him so he can have something to eat with us."
Moses agreed to settle down there with the man, who then gave his daughter Zipporah (Bird) to him for his wife.
She had a son, and Moses named him Gershom (Sojourner), saying, "I'm a sojourner in a foreign country."
Many years later the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned under their slavery and cried out. Their cries for relief from their hard labor ascended to God:
God listened to their groanings. God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
God saw what was going on with Israel. God understood.
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)