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.
References for Exodus 2:11
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?"3
References for Exodus 2:13
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."
References for Exodus 2:14
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.
References for Exodus 2:15
Now a priest of Midian8 had seven daughters, and they came to draw water9 and fill the troughs10 to water their father's flock.
References for Exodus 2:16
Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue11 and watered their flock.12
References for Exodus 2:17
When the girls returned to Reuel13 their father, he asked them, "Why have you returned so early today?"
References for Exodus 2:18
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."14
References for Exodus 2:20
Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah15 to Moses in marriage.
References for Exodus 2:21
Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom,16 saying, "I have become an alien17 in a foreign land."
References for Exodus 2:22
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.
References for Exodus 2:23
God heard their groaning and he remembered22 his covenant23 with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.
References for Exodus 2:24
So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned24 about them.
References for Exodus 2:25