Birth and Adoption of Moses. 1Now a certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, f Ex 6, 20; Nm 26, 59 . 2who conceived and bore a son. Seeing that he was a goodly child, shehid him for three months. g Acts 7, 20; Heb 11, 23 . 3When she could hide him no longer, she took a papyrus basket,* daubed it with bitumen and pitch, and putting the child in it, placed it among the reeds on the river bank. 4His sister stationed herself at a distance to find out what would happen to him.
5Pharaoh's daughter came down to the river to bathe, while her maids walked along the river bank. Noticing the basket among the reeds, she sent her handmaid to fetch it. 6On opening it, she looked, and lo, there was a baby boy, crying! She was moved with pity for him and said, “It is one of the Hebrews' children.” 7Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, “Shall I go and call one of the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8“Yes, do so,” she answered. So the maiden went and called the child's own mother. 9Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will repay you.” The woman therefore took the child and nursed it. 10When the child grew,* she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, who adopted him as her son h Acts 7, 21; Heb 11, 24 . and called him Moses; for she said, “I drew him out of the water.”
Moses' Flight to Midian. 11On one occasion, after Moses had grown up,* when he visited his kinsmen i 11–14: Acts 7, 23–28 . and witnessed their forced labor, he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his own kinsmen. 12Looking about and seeing no one, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13The next day he went out again, and now two Hebrews were fighting! So he asked the culprit, “Why are you striking your fellow Hebrew?” 14But he replied, “Who has appointed you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses became afraid and thought, “The affair must certainly be known.”
15Pharaoh, too, heard of the affair and sought to put him to death. But Moses fled from him and stayed in the land of Midian. j Acts 7, 29; Heb 11, 27 . As he was seated there by a well, 16seven daughters of a priest of Midian came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father's flock. 17But some shepherds came and drove them away. Then Moses got up and defended them and watered their flock. 18When they returned to their father Reuel,* he said to them, “How is it you have returned so soon today?” 19They answered, “An Egyptian* saved us from the interference of the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock!” 20“Where is the man?” he asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him there? Invite him to have something to eat.” 21Moses agreed to live with him, and the man gave him his daughter Zipporah in marriage. 22She bore him a son, whom he named Gershom;* for he said, “I am a stranger in a foreign land.” k Ex 18, 3 .
The Burning Bush. 23A long time passed, during which the king of Egypt died. Still the Israelites groaned and cried out because of their slavery. As their cry for release went up to God, l Ex 3, 7. 9; Dt 26. 7 . 24he heard their groaning and was mindful of his covenant m Ex 6, 5; Pss 105, 8f; 106, 44f . with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 25He saw the Israelites and knew….