11One day, after Moses
had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched
them at their hard labor.
He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of
his own people.
12Looking this way and
that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian
and hid him in the sand.
13The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He
asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you
hitting your fellow
14The man said, “Who
made you ruler and judge
over us? Are you thinking of killing me as
you killed the Egyptian?”
must have become
15When Pharaoh heard
of this, he tried to kill Moses,
but Moses fled from
Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.
16Now a priest of
Midian had seven daughters, and they came
to draw water and fill the
troughs to water their father’s flock.
17Some shepherds came
along and drove them away, but Moses got up
and came to their rescue and watered their flock.
18When the girls returned to Reuel their
father, he asked them, “Why have you returned
so early today?”
19They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from
the shepherds. He even
drew water for us and
watered the flock.”
20“And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you
leave him? Invite him to
have something to eat.”
21Moses agreed to stay
with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to
Moses in marriage.
22Zipporah gave birth to
a son, and Moses named
him Gershom, saying, “I have become a foreigner
in a foreign land.”
23During that long period, the king of Egypt
died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery
and cried out, and their
cry for help because of their slavery went up to
24God heard their
groaning and he remembered his covenant
with Abraham, with
Isaac and with Jacob.
25So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.
God is a god who hears