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 bore a son; and when she saw
him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
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 she put the child
therein, and laid it in the flags by the river's brink.
4 And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done
to him. 5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe in the
river; and her maidens walked along by the river-side; and she saw the ark among
the flags, and sent her handmaid to fetch it.
6 And she opened it, and saw it, even the child; and behold a
boy that wept. And she had compassion on him, and said: 'This is one of the
7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter: 'Shall I go and
call 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 maiden
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 woman 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 said:
'Because I drew him out of the water.' 11 And it came to pass
in those days, when Moses was grown up, that he went out unto his brethren, and
looked on their burdens; and he saw an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his
12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that
there was no man, he smote the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
13 And he went out the second day, and, behold, two men of
the Hebrews were striving together; and he said to him that did the wrong:
'Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?'
14 And he said: 'Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?
thinkest thou to kill me, as thou didst kill the Egyptian?' And Moses feared,
and said: 'Surely the thing is known.'
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 father's flock.
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 moreover he drew water 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 bread.'
21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man; and he gave
Moses Zipporah his daughter.
22 And she bore 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 the course of those many days 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 G-d by reason of the bondage.
24 And G-d heard their groaning, and G-d remembered His
covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
25 And G-d saw the children of Israel, and G-d took
cognizance of them.
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
JPS Electronic Edition, based on the 1917 JPS translation, Copyright © 1998 by Larry Nelson, All Rights Reserved