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Moses’ father-in-law Jethro took with him Zipporah, Moses’ wife whom he had sent away, along with her two sons. One was named Gershom because he said, “I have been an immigrant[a] living in a foreign land.” The other was named Eliezer[b] because he said, “The God of my ancestors was my helper who rescued me from Pharaoh’s sword.”

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  1. Exodus 18:3 Heb ger sounds like Gershom.
  2. Exodus 18:4 Or my God is a helper.