Exodus 2:12

12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

Read Exodus 2:12 Using Other Translations

And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand.

What does Exodus 2:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 2:12

And he looked this way, and that way
All around, to observe if there were any within sight who could see what he did; which did not arise from any consciousness of any evil he was about to commit, but for his own preservation, lest if seen he should be accused to Pharaoh, and suffer for it:

and when he saw that there was no man;
near at hand, that could see what he did, and be a witness against him:

he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand;
in a sandy desert place hard by, where having slain him with his sword, he dug a hole, and put him into it; (See Gill on Acts 7:24). Of the slaughter of the Egyptian, and the following controversy about it, Demetrius F7, an Heathen writer, treats of in perfect agreement with the sacred Scriptures.


FOOTNOTES:

F7 Apud Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 19. p. 439.
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