Exodus 2:11–3:12

Moses Flees to Midian

11 Now it came to pass in those days, jwhen Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he kkilled the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 And lwhen he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men mwere fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?”

14 Then he said, n“Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”

So Moses ofeared and said, “Surely this thing is known!” 15 When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But pMoses fled from 2the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of qMidian; and he sat down by ra well.

16 sNow the priest of Midian had seven daughters. tAnd they came and drew water, and they filled the utroughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Then the vshepherds came and wdrove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and xwatered their flock.

18 When they came to yReuel 3their father, zhe said, “How is it that you have come so soon today?”

19 And they said, “An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and he also drew enough water for us and watered the flock.”

20 So he said to his daughters, “And where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may aeat bread.”

21 Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave bZipporah his daughter to Moses. 22 And she bore him a son. He called his name cGershom, 4for he said, “I have been da 5stranger in a foreign land.”

23 Now it happened ein the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel fgroaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and gtheir cry came up to God because of the bondage. 24 So God hheard their groaning, and God iremembered His jcovenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 And God klooked upon the children of Israel, and God lacknowledged them.

Moses at the Burning Bush

3 Now Moses was tending the flock of aJethro his father-in-law, bthe priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to cHoreb, dthe mountain of God. And ethe Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this fgreat sight, why the bush does not burn.”

So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called gto him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. hTake your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, i“I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for jhe was afraid to look upon God.

And the Lord said: k“I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry lbecause of their taskmasters, mfor I know their 1sorrows. So nI have come down to odeliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land pto a good and large land, to a land qflowing with milk and honey, to the place of rthe Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, sthe cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the toppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 uCome now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

11 But Moses said to God, v“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

12 So He said, w“I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a xsign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

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