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Exodus 2:1-14

The Birth of Moses

1 Now a man from 1the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi.
2 The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was 2beautiful, she hid him for three months.
3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a 3wicker basket 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.
4 5His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.
5 The daughter of Pharaoh came down 6to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside * the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her.
6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children."
7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?"
8 Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go ahead." So the girl went and called the child's mother.
9 Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him.
10 The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter and 7he became her son. And she named * him Moses, and said, "Because I drew him out of the water."
11 Now it came about in those days, 8when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their 9hard labors; and 10he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.
12 So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he 11struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
13 He went out 12the next day, and behold, two Hebrews were fighting with each other; and he said to the offender, "Why are you striking your companion?"
14 But he said, "13Who made you a prince or a judge over us? Are you intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid and said, "Surely the matter has become known."
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