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Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, received Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her away, and her two sons. The name of one son was Gershom,[a] for Moses said, “I have lived as a foreigner in a foreign land”. The name of the other was Eliezer,[b] for he said, “My father’s God was my help and delivered me from Pharaoh’s sword.”

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  1. 18:3 “Gershom” sounds like the Hebrew for “an alien there”.
  2. 18:4 Eliezer means “God is my helper”.

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