Exodus 2:1

Moses' Birth and Adoption

1 Now a man from the family of Levi married a Levite woman.

Exodus 2:1 Meaning and Commentary

Ver. 1. And there went a man of the house of Levi
This manExodus 2:2

And the woman conceived, and bare a son
Which was not her first child, nor indeed her first son, for she had both Aaron and Miriam before this: this son, which was Moses, was born, as the Jews say F20, in the thirty seventh year after the death of Levi, A. M. 2365, (or, as others, 2368,) on a Wednesday, the seventh of the month Adar, in the third hour of the day: some say it was on the twenty fourth of Nisan; but, according to Bishop Usher F21, he was born forty one years after the death of Levi, A. M. 2433, and in the year before Christ 1571,

and when she saw him that he was a goodly child;
exceeding fair and beautiful, as Stephen expresses it, ( Acts 7:20 ) , the Jews say F23 his form was like an angel of God, and Trogus F24, an Heathen writer, says his beautiful form recommended him: this engaged the affections of his parents to him, and who, from hence, might promise themselves that he would be a very eminent and useful person, could his life be preserved:

she hid him three months;
in her bedchamber, some Jewish writers say {y}; others F26, in a house under ground, that is, in the cellar; however, it was in his father's house, ( Acts 7:20 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F20 Shatshalet Hakabala, fol. 5. 2. Tzemach David, par. 1. fol. 7. 1.
F21 Annal. Vet. Test. p. 18.
F23 Pirke Eliezer, c. 48. fol. 57. 2.
F24 Justin e Trogo, l. 36. c. 2.
F25 Chronicon Mosis, fol. 3. 2.
F26 Pirke Eliezer, ut supra. (c.48. fol. 57.2)

Exodus 2:1 In-Context

1 Now a man from the family of Levi married a Levite woman.
2 The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son; when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months.
3 But when she could no longer hide him, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with asphalt and pitch. She placed the child in it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.
4 Then his sister stood at a distance in order to see what would happen to him.
5 Pharaoh's daughter went down to bathe at the Nile while her servant girls walked along the riverbank. Seeing the basket among the reeds, she sent her slave girl to get it.