The Birth of Moses

Now a man from (A)the house of Levi went and [a]married a daughter of Levi. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw [b]that he was [c](B)beautiful, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a [d](C)wicker [e]basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the (D)reeds by the bank of the Nile. (E)His sister stood at a distance to [f]find out what would [g]happen to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down (F)to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the [h]basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her. When she opened it, she [i]saw the child, and behold, the [j]boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call [k]a nurse for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go ahead.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and (G)he became her son. And she named him [l]Moses, and said, “Because I [m]drew him out of the water.”

11 Now it came about in those days, (H)when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their [n](I)hard labors; and (J)he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 So he [o]looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he (K)struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 He went out (L)the next day, and behold, two Hebrews were [p]fighting with each other; and he said to the [q]offender, “Why are you striking your companion?” 14 But he said, “(M)Who made you a [r]prince or a judge over us? Are you [s]intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and said, “Surely the matter has become known.”

Moses Escapes to Midian

15 When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But (N)Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and [t]settled in the land of Midian, and he sat down (O)by a well.

16 Now (P)the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and (Q)they came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Then the shepherds came and drove them away, but (R)Moses stood up and helped them and watered their flock. 18 When they came to (S)Reuel their father, he said, “Why have you come back so soon today?” 19 So they said, “An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and what is more, he even drew the water for us and watered the flock.” 20 He said to his daughters, “Where is he then? Why is it that you have left the man behind? Invite him [u]to have something to eat.” 21 (T)Moses was willing to dwell with the man, and he gave his daughter (U)Zipporah to Moses. 22 Then she gave birth to (V)a son, and he named him [v]Gershom, for he said, “I have been (W)a [w]sojourner in a foreign land.”

23 Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel (X)sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and (Y)their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. 24 So (Z)God heard their groaning; and God remembered (AA)His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 (AB)God saw the sons of Israel, and God [x]took notice of them.


  1. Exodus 2:1 Lit took
  2. Exodus 2:2 Lit him that
  3. Exodus 2:2 Lit good
  4. Exodus 2:3 I.e. papyrus reeds
  5. Exodus 2:3 Or chest
  6. Exodus 2:4 Lit know
  7. Exodus 2:4 Lit be done
  8. Exodus 2:5 Or chest
  9. Exodus 2:6 Heb saw it, the child
  10. Exodus 2:6 Or lad
  11. Exodus 2:7 Lit a woman giving suck
  12. Exodus 2:10 Heb Mosheh, from mashah
  13. Exodus 2:10 Heb mashah
  14. Exodus 2:11 Lit burdens
  15. Exodus 2:12 Lit turned
  16. Exodus 2:13 Or quarreling
  17. Exodus 2:13 Or the guilty one
  18. Exodus 2:14 Lit man, a prince
  19. Exodus 2:14 Lit saying in your heart
  20. Exodus 2:15 Lit dwelt
  21. Exodus 2:20 Lit that he may eat bread
  22. Exodus 2:22 Cf Heb ger sham, a stranger there
  23. Exodus 2:22 Heb ger
  24. Exodus 2:25 Lit knew them