Exodus 2:17

17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

Exodus 2:17 in Other Translations

KJV
17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
ESV
17 The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and watered their flock.
NLT
17 But some other shepherds came and chased them away. So Moses jumped up and rescued the girls from the shepherds. Then he drew water for their flocks.
MSG
17 When some shepherds came and chased the girls off, Moses came to their rescue and helped them water their sheep.
CSB
17 Then some shepherds arrived and drove them away, but Moses came to their rescue and watered their flock.

Exodus 2:17 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 2:17

And the shepherds came and drove them away
The daughters of the priest of Midian, and their flock likewise; these were shepherds of some neighbouring princes or great men, who were so rude and slothful, and to save themselves a little trouble of drawing water, brought up their flocks to drink of the water those virgins had drawn, and to do this forced them and their flocks away:

but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock;
moved to see such rude and uncivil treatment of the weaker sex, rose up from the ground on which he sat, and took their parts, and obliged the shepherds to give way, and brought up their flock to the troughs, and drew water for them, and gave them it; either he did this alone, or together with the servants that waited upon the priest's daughters, perhaps alone; and if it be considered that shepherds being usually not of a very martial spirit, and these also in a wrong cause, and Moses a man of an heroic disposition, and had doubtless the appearance of a man of some eminence and authority, they were the more easily intimidated and overcome.

Exodus 2:17 In-Context

15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.
16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock.
17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.
18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”
19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”

Cross References 2

  • 1. 1 Samuel 30:8; Psalms 31:2
  • 2. S Genesis 29:10