1 Now a man from 1the house of Leviwent and [a]married a daughter of Levi.
The womanconceived and bore a son; and when she saw[b]that he was [c]2beautiful, she hid him for threemonths.
But when she couldhide him nolonger, she got him a 3wickerbasket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the 4reeds by the bank of the Nile.
5His sisterstood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.
The daughter of Pharaohcamedown6to bathe at the Nile, with her maidenswalkingalongside* the Nile; and she saw the basketamong the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her.
When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she hadpity on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews'children."
Then his sistersaid to Pharaoh'sdaughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrewwomen that she may nurse the child for you?"
Pharaoh'sdaughtersaid to her, "Go ahead." So the girlwent and called the child'smother.
Then Pharaoh'sdaughtersaid to her, "Takethischild away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages." So the womantook the child and nursed him.
The childgrew, and she brought him to Pharaoh'sdaughter and 7he became her son. And she named* him Moses, and said, "Because I drew him out of the water."
Now it came about in thosedays, 8when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their 9hardlabors; and 10he saw an Egyptianbeating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.
So he lookedthisway and that, and when he sawthere was noone around, he 11struckdown the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
He went out 12the nextday, and behold, twoHebrews were fighting with each other; and he said to the offender, "Why are you striking your companion?"
But he said, "13Whomade you a prince or a judgeover us? Are you intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid and said, "Surely the matter has become known."
Moses Escapes to Midian
15 When Pharaohheard of thismatter, he tried to killMoses. But 14Mosesfled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, and he satdown15by a well.
Now 16the priest of Midian had sevendaughters; and 17they came to drawwater and filled the troughs to water their father'sflock.
Then the shepherdscame and drove them away, but 18Mosesstood up and helped them and watered their flock.
When they came to 19Reuel their father, he said, "Why have you come back so soontoday?"
So they said, "An Egyptiandelivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and what is more, he evendrew the water for us and watered the flock."
He said to his daughters, "Where is he then? Why is it that you have left the manbehind? Invite him to have something to eat."
20Moses was willing to dwell with the man, and he gave his daughter21Zipporah to Moses.
Then she gavebirth to 22a son, and he named* him Gershom, for he said, "I have been23a sojourner in a foreignland."
Now it came about in the course of thosemanydays that the king of Egyptdied. And the sons of Israel24sighedbecause of the bondage, and they cried out; and 25their cry for helpbecause of their bondagerose up to God.
So 26Godheard their groaning; and Godremembered27His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
28Godsaw the sons of Israel, and Godtooknotice of them.