And there goeth a man of the house of Levi, and he taketh
the daughter of Levi,
and the woman conceiveth, and beareth a son, and she seeth
him that he is fair, and she hideth him three months,
and she hath not been able any more to hide him, and she
taketh for him an ark of rushes, and daubeth it with bitumen and with pitch,
and putteth the lad in it, and putteth it in the weeds by the edge of
and his sister stationeth herself afar off, to know what is
done to him.
And a daughter of Pharaoh cometh down to bathe at the River,
and her damsels are walking by the side of the River, and she seeth the ark in the
midst of the weeds, and sendeth her handmaid, and she taketh it,
and openeth, and seeth him -- the lad, and lo, a child
weeping! and she hath pity on him, and saith, 'This is one of the
And his sister saith unto the daughter of Pharaoh, 'Do I go?
when I have called for thee a suckling woman of the Hebrews, then she doth
suckle the lad for thee;'
and the daughter of Pharaoh saith to her, 'Go;' and the
virgin goeth, and calleth the mother of the lad,
and the daughter of Pharaoh saith to her, 'Take this lad
away, and suckle him for me, and I -- I give thy hire;' and the woman taketh
the lad, and suckleth him.
And the lad groweth, and she bringeth him in to the daughter
of Pharaoh, and he is to her for a son, and she calleth his name Moses, and
saith, 'Because -- from the water I have drawn him.'
And it cometh to pass, in those days, that Moses is grown,
and he goeth out unto his brethren, and looketh on their burdens, and seeth a
man, an Egyptian, smiting a man, a Hebrew, one of his brethren,
and he turneth hither and thither, and seeth that there is
no man, and smiteth the Egyptian, and hideth him in the sand.
And he goeth out on the second day, and lo, two men,
Hebrews, striving! and he saith to the wrong-doer, 'Why dost thou smite thy
and he saith, 'Who set thee for a head and a judge over us?
to slay me art thou saying it, as thou hast slain the Egyptian?' and
Moses feareth, and saith, 'Surely the thing hath been known.'
And Pharaoh heareth of this thing, and seeketh to slay
Moses, and Moses fleeth from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelleth in the land of
Midian, and dwelleth by the well.
And to a priest of Midian are seven daughters, and
they come and draw, and fill the troughs, to water the flock of their father,
and the shepherds come and drive them away, and Moses
ariseth, and saveth them, and watereth their flock.
And they come in to Reuel their father, and he saith,
'Wherefore have ye hastened to come in to-day?'
and they say, 'A man, an Egyptian, hath delivered us out of
the hand of the shepherds, and also hath diligently drawn for us, and watereth
and he saith unto his daughters, 'And where is he?
why is this? -- ye left the man! call for him, and he doth eat bread.'
And Moses is willing to dwell with the man, and he giveth
Zipporah his daughter to Moses,
and she beareth a son, and he calleth his name Gershom, for
he said, 'A sojourner I have been in a strange land.'
And it cometh to pass during these many days, that the king
of Egypt dieth, and the sons of Israel sigh because of the service, and cry,
and their cry goeth up unto God, because of the service;
and God heareth their groaning, and God remembereth His
covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob;
and God seeth the sons of Israel, and God knoweth.