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          DASV: Exodus 2    

1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter
of Levi.
2 The woman conceived and bore a son. When she saw that he was
a good child, she hid him three months.
3 But when she could not longer hide him, she got a papyrus basket
for him, and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she put the child in it
and placed it in the reeds by the river's bank.
4 His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.

5 The daughter of Pharaoh came down to the river to bathe.
While her maidens strolled along the river shore, she saw the basket
among the reeds, and sent her maid to get it.
6 When she opened it, she saw the child. Then the baby cried and she
had compassion on him, and surmised, "This is one of the Hebrews' children."
7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse
from the Hebrew women for you, so that she may nurse the child
for you?"
8 Pharaoh's daughter replied, "Go." So the girl went and called the
child's mother.
9 Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child and nurse
him for me, and I will pay you your wages." So the woman took the
child and nursed him.
10 When the child grew, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter,
and he became her son. She called his name Moses, saying,
"Because I drew him out of the water."

11 One day after Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and
witnessed their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew,
one of his people.
12 He looked this way and that, and when he saw that no one
was around, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
13 When he went out the next day, two Hebrew men were fighting;
so he asked the one in the wrong, "Why are you beating your fellow
14 He retorted, "Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?
Do you intend to kill me, like you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses
was afraid and thought, "Surely what I did is known."

15 When Pharaoh heard about this, he sought to kill Moses.
But Moses fled from Pharaoh, and settled in the land of Midian,
where he sat down by a well.
16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came
to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
17 But when some shepherds came and drove them away, Moses
stood up and helped them and watered their flock.
18 When they returned to Reuel their father, he asked, "How is
it that you have come home so soon today?"
19 They answered, "An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand
of the shepherds, and he even drew water for us and watered
the flock."
20 Then he said to his daughters, "Where is he? Why did you leave
the man there? Invite him so that he may eat bread."
21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter
22 She bore a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, "I have been
a foreigner in a foreign land."
23 After quite a while the king of Egypt died, and the children of
Israel groaned because of their slavery, and they cried out,
and their cry came up to God because of their enslavement.
24 God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant
with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
25 God saw the children of Israel and God understood their plight.

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