18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”
Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
19 Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.”20 So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.
24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses[a] and was about to kill him.25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it.[b] “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said.26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)
18 Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, and how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt.
2 After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her3 and her two sons. One son was named Gershom,[a] for Moses said, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land”;4 and the other was named Eliezer,[b] for he said, “My father’s God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.”
5 Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, together with Moses’ sons and wife, came to him in the wilderness, where he was camped near the mountain of God.6 Jethro had sent word to him, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons.”
Exodus 18:3Gershom sounds like the Hebrew for a foreigner there.
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