Acts 7:29

29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.

Acts 7:29 in Other Translations

KJV
29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.
ESV
29 At this retort Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.
NLT
29 When Moses heard that, he fled the country and lived as a foreigner in the land of Midian. There his two sons were born.
MSG
29 When Moses heard that, realizing that the word was out, he ran for his life and lived in exile over in Midian. During the years of exile, two sons were born to him.
CSB
29 "At this disclosure, Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, where he fathered two sons.

Acts 7:29 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 7:29

Then fled Moses at this saying
For hereby the thing was known to Pharaoh, being presently carried to court, who sought to kill him for it, ( Exodus 2:15 ) The Jews have a very fabulous story, that Moses was taken up upon it, and put in prison, and delivered into the hands of an executioner to be put to death; but that God wrought a miracle for him; he made his neck as hard as a pillar of marble, and the sword turned upon the neck of the executioner, and he died; and God sent Michael, the prince, in the likeness of the executioner, who took Moses by the hand, and led him out of Egypt, and left him at the borders of it, the distance of three days' journey F3 but the truth of the matter is, as Stephen relates, he fled directly, as soon as he heard the above words, for he knew his life was in the utmost danger:

and was a stranger in the land of Madian;
which, as Josephus says {d}, lay near the Red sea, and took its name from one of the sons of Abraham by Keturah. Philo the Jew F5 says, it was on the borders of Arabia; and according to Jerom F6, it was near Arnon and Areopolis, the ruins of which only were shown in his days; here he sojourned many years with Jethro the priest of that place:

where he begat two sons;
whose names were Gershom and Eliezer, having married Zipporah, the daughter of Jethro, ( Exodus 18:2-4 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F3 Shalshaleth Hakabala, fol. 5. 2. & Chronicon Mosis, fol. 6. 1.
F4 Antiqu. l. 2. c. 11. sect. 1.
F5 De Vita Mosis, l. 1. p. 609.
F6 De locis Hebr. fol. 93. B.

Acts 7:29 In-Context

27 “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us?
28 Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’
29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.
30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.
31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say:

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