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And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,

and her two sons, of whom the name of the one was Gershom—for he said, I have been a sojourner in a foreign land,

—and the name of the other, Eliezer—For the God of my father has been my help, and has delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh.

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After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah,(A) his father-in-law Jethro received her and her two sons.(B) One son was named Gershom,[a] for Moses said, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land”;(C) and the other was named Eliezer,[b](D) for he said, “My father’s God was my helper;(E) he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.”

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  1. Exodus 18:3 Gershom sounds like the Hebrew for a foreigner there.
  2. Exodus 18:4 Eliezer means my God is helper.

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