Birth of Moses
1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and
took to wife a daughter of Levi.
2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she
saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three
3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for
him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with
pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the
flags by the river's brink.
4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be
done to him.
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself
at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's
side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her
maid to fetch it.
6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and,
behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and
said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.
7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go
and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may
nurse the child for thee?
8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid
went and called the child's mother.
9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child
away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages.
And the women took the child, and nursed it.
10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's
daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name
Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
Moses Flees to Midian
11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses
was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on
their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew,
one of his brethren.
12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw
that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in
13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men
of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did
the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over
us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the
Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is
15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay
Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in
the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they
came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their
17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses
stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How
is it that ye are come so soon to day?
19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the
hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us,
and watered the flock.
20 And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why
is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat
21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he
gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.
22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom:
for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king
of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason
of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto
God by reason of the bondage.
24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his
covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God
had respect unto them.