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Exodus 2:1–5:9

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And there went aa man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. *And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and bwhen she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark cof bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in dthe flags by the river’s brink. And ehis sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him. And the fdaughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children. Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became gher son. And she called his name ||Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

11 And it came to pass in those days, hwhen Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their iburdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. 13 *And kwhen he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? 14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known. 15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But lMoses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by ma well. 16 Now the ||priest of Midian had seven daughters: nand they came and odrew water, and filled the ptroughs to water their father’s flock. 17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and qwatered their flock. 18 And when they came to rReuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day? 19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock. 20 And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may seat bread. 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses tZipporah his daughter. 22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name ||Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

23 And it came to pass uin process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel xsighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and ytheir cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. 24 And God zheard their groaning, and God aremembered his covenant with bAbraham, with Isaac, and with bJacob. 25 And God clooked upon the children of Israel, and God dhad respect unto them.

3 *Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock ato the backside of the desert, and came to bthe mountain of God, even to Horeb. And cthe angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of da bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: eput off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, fI am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for ghe was afraid to look upon God. And the Lord said, hI have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their icry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And kI am come down to ldeliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land munto a good land and a large, unto a land nflowing with milk and honey; unto the place of othe Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, pthe cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. 11 And Moses said unto God, qWho am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? 12 And he said, rCertainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, sye shall serve God upon this mountain. 13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, tI AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, uThe Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is xmy name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. 16 Go, and ygather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I zhave surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt: 17 And I have said, aI will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. 18 And bthey shall hearken to thy voice: and cthou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath dmet with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. 19 And I am sure that the king of Egypt ewill not let you go, ||no, not by a mighty hand. 20 And I will fstretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and gafter that he will let you go. 21 And hI will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: 22 But every woman ishall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and kye shall spoil ||the Egyptians.

4 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee. And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, aA rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: That they may bbelieve that cthe Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous das snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, eit was turned again as his other flesh. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and fthe water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land. 10 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but gI am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. 11 And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be hwith thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. 13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand iof him whom thou ||wilt send. 14 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. 15 And kthou shalt speak unto him, and lput words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. 16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and mthou shalt be to him instead of God. 17 And thou shalt take nthis rod in …

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a
*

B.C. 1571 Heb. 1690? Gr.

b
c

Job 8:11. Isai. 18:2. & 35:7 (Heb.).

d

ver. 5. Isai. 19:6.

e
f
g
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That is, Drawn out. 2 Sam. 22:17. Ps. 18:16.

h
i

See ch. 1:11.

*

B.C. 1531 Heb. 1650? Gr. Comp. Acts 7:23.

k

Heb. a man a prince. So Gen. 13:8 marg.

l
m
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Or, prince. Gen. 41:45. ch. 3:1. Comp. Gen. 25:2. & 37:28.

n
o

ver. 19. Prov. 20:5.

p

Gen. 30:38, 41 (Heb.).

q

ver. 19. Gen. 29:10.

r

[Num. 10:29: called also Jethro, or Jether, ch. 3:1. & 4:18. & 18:1, &c.]

s
t

ch. 4:25. & 18:2.

||

[That is, A stranger here.] Comp. ch. 18:3.

u

Comp. ch. 7:7. Acts 7:23, 30.

x
y
z

ch. 6:5.

a

ch. 6:5. Ps. 105:8, 42. & 106:45.

b
b
c

Heb. knew.

d
*

B.C. 1491 Heb. 1610? Gr.

a

Ps. 139:9 (Heb.).

b
c
d
e

Josh. 5:15. Acts 7:33. Comp. ch. 19:12.

f
g
h
i

ch. 5:6, 10, 13, 14.

k
l

ch. 6:6.

m
n
o
p

ch. 2:23.

q
r
s

ch. 19:3, &c.

t
u

ver. 6.

x

Hos. 12:5. Imitated Ps. 135:13.

y

ch. 4:29.

z
a

ver. 8.

b

ch. 4:31.

c

ch. 5:1, &c.

d
e

ch. 5:2. & 7:4, &c.

||

Or, but by strong hand. Comp. ch. 6:1.

f

ch. 7 to ch. 13. Acts 7:36.

g

ch. 12:31.

h

Gen. 15:14. ch. 11:2, 3. & 12:35, 36.

i

But comp. marg. 1 Sam. 1:28. & 2:20: also Ps. 122:6 (Heb.). Wisd. 10:17.

k
||

Or, Egypt.

a

ver. 17, 20.

b

ch. 19:9.

c

See ch. 3:6.

d
e
f

ch. 7:19.

Heb. shall be and shall be.

Heb. a man of words.

Heb. since yesterday, nor since the third day. So Gen. 31:2. ch. 21:29 (Heb.). Deut. 19:4, 6 marg.

g

So ch. 6:12. Jer. 1:6.

h
i

Jer. 51:3 twice.

||

Or, shouldest.

k

ch. 7:1, 2.

l
m

ch. 7:1. & 18:19.

n

ver. 2. ch. 7:15.