17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them but let the male children live.
18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, Why have you done this thing and let the male children live?
19 And the midwives said to Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous: before the midwife comes to them, they give birth.
20 And God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very strong.
21 And because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.
22 And Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, Every son who is born you shall cast into the River, but every daughter you shall let live.
1 And a man of the house of Levi went and took a daughter of Levi as wife.
2 And the woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months.
3 And when she could no longer hide him, she took for him a papyrus basket and plastered it with tar and pitch; and she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the River.
4 And his sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the River while her maidens walked alongside the River. And she saw the basket in the midst of the reeds and sent her female servant, and she brought it to her.
6 And she opened it and saw the child, and there was the boy, weeping. And she had compassion on him and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.
7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call a nurse from the Hebrew women for you that she may nurse the child for you?
8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the girl went and called the child’s mother.
9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages. So the woman took the child and nursed him.
10 And the child grew, and she brought him to 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 in those days, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his brothers and looked on their burdens; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brothers.
12 And he looked this way and that, and when he saw that there was no one there, he struck the Egyptian down and hid him in the sand.
13 And he went out the next day, and there were two Hebrew men struggling together; and he said to the one who was in the wrong, Why are you beating your companion?
14 And he said, Who appointed you a ruler and a judge over us? Are you thinking to kill me as you killed the Egyptian? And Moses became frightened and said, Surely the matter is known.
15 Now when Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh to dwell in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.