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Chapter 2

1And there goeth a man of the house of Levi, and he taketh the daughter of Levi, 2and the woman conceiveth, and beareth a son, and she seeth him that he [is] fair, and she hideth him three months, 3and she hath not been able any more to hide him, and she taketh for him an ark of rushes, and daubeth it with bitumen and with pitch, and putteth the lad in it, and putteth [it] in the weeds by the edge of the River; 4and his sister stationeth herself afar off, to know what is done to him. 5And a daughter of Pharaoh cometh down to bathe at the River, and her damsels are walking by the side of the River, and she seeth the ark in the midst of the weeds, and sendeth her handmaid, and she taketh it, 6and openeth, and seeth him -- the lad, and lo, a child weeping! and she hath pity on him, and saith, `This is [one] of the Hebrews` children.` 7And his sister saith unto the daughter of Pharaoh, `Do I go? when I have called for thee a suckling woman of the Hebrews, then she doth suckle the lad for thee;` 8and the daughter of Pharaoh saith to her, `Go;` and the virgin goeth, and calleth the mother of the lad, 9and the daughter of Pharaoh saith to her, `Take this lad away, and suckle him for me, and I -- I give thy hire;` and the woman taketh the lad, and suckleth him. 10And the lad groweth, and she bringeth him in to the daughter of Pharaoh, and he is to her for a son, and she calleth his name Moses, and saith, `Because -- from the water I have drawn him.` 11And it cometh to pass, in those days, that Moses is grown, and he goeth out unto his brethren, and looketh on their burdens, and seeth a man, an Egyptian, smiting a man, a Hebrew, [one] of his brethren, 12and he turneth hither and thither, and seeth that there is no man, and smiteth the Egyptian, and hideth him in the sand. 13And he goeth out on the second day, and lo, two men, Hebrews, striving! and he saith to the wrong-doer, `Why dost thou smite thy neighbour?` 14and he saith, `Who set thee for a head and a judge over us? to slay me art thou saying [it], as thou hast slain the Egyptian?` and Moses feareth, and saith, `Surely the thing hath been known.` 15And Pharaoh heareth of this thing, and seeketh to slay Moses, and Moses fleeth from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelleth in the land of Midian, and dwelleth by the well. 16And to a priest of Midian [are] seven daughters, and they come and draw, and fill the troughs, to water the flock of their father, 17and the shepherds come and drive them away, and Moses ariseth, and saveth them, and watereth their flock. 18And they come in to Reuel their father, and he saith, `Wherefore have ye hastened to come in to-day?` 19and they say, `A man, an Egyptian, hath delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also hath diligently drawn for us, and watereth the flock;` 20and he saith unto his daughters, `And where [is] he? why [is] this? -- ye left the man! call for him, and he doth eat bread.` 21And Moses is willing to dwell with the man, and he giveth Zipporah his daughter to Moses, 22and she beareth a son, and he calleth his name Gershom, for he said, `A sojourner I have been in a strange land.` 23And it cometh to pass during these many days, that the king of Egypt dieth, and the sons of Israel sigh because of the service, and cry, and their cry goeth up unto God, because of the service; 24and God heareth their groaning, and God remembereth His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob; 25and God seeth the sons of Israel, and God knoweth.

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