1 Now a man from athe house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was abeautiful, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a awicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the breeds by the bank of the Nile. 4 aHis sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him. 5 The daughter of Pharaoh came down ato bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity 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 for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?" 8 Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go ahead." So the girl went and called the child's mother. 9 Then 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 The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter and ahe became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, "Because I drew him out of the water." 11 Now it came about in those days, awhen Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their bhard labors; and che saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he astruck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 He went out athe next day, and behold, two Hebrews were fighting with each other; and he said to the offender, "Why are you striking your companion?" 14 But he said, "aWho made you a prince or a judge over us? Are you intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid and said, "Surely the matter has become known." 15 When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But aMoses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, and he sat down bby a well. 16 Now athe priest of Midian had seven daughters; and bthey came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father's flock. 17 Then the shepherds came and drove them away, but aMoses stood up and helped them and watered their flock. 18 When they came to aReuel their father, he said, "Why have you come back so soon today?" 19 So they said, "An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and what is more, he even drew the water for us and watered the flock." 20 He said to his daughters, "Where is he then? Why is it that you have left the man behind? Invite him to have something to eat." 21 aMoses was willing to dwell with the man, and he gave his daughter bZipporah to Moses. 22 Then she gave birth to aa son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, "I have been ba sojourner in a foreign land." 23 Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel asighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and btheir cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. 24 So aGod heard their groaning; and God remembered bHis covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 aGod saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.