The Birth of Moses
22 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.
4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.
7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.
9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the women took the child, and nursed it.
10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son.
K.J.V. Bible Text
At a time when the Pharaoh was demanding that all Hebrew baby boys be put to death, a son was born into the house of Levi. His mother saw what a fine child he was and hid him for three months. When she couldn’t hide him anymore, she put him in a reed basket coated with tar and pitch and put the basket in the Nile. (I note here that she actually followed Pharaoh’s instructions in a small way. She did put her son into the Nile as Pharaoh ordered for all Hebrew boy infants, but by putting him into the floating basket she gave her child a chance to live.)
Pharaoh’s daughter saw the floating basket and sent attendants to bring it to her. When she opened it she found the baby. He was crying and she felt sorry for him even though she realized he was a Hebrew baby. Perhaps she thought that saving one little baby would not seriously disturb her father.
Meanwhile, the sister of the little baby had been watching to see what became of her brother. She came forward and offered to find a nursemaid for the baby. When Pharaoh’s daughter agreed, the little girl ran and brought her own mother. Pharaoh’s daughter told her to take the baby and nurse him and she would pay him.
The baby’s own mother was thus able to nurse him until he grew old enough to leave her side. Then she took him back to Pharaoh’s daughter and the child became her son. She named him Moses.
This oft-told story is one I consider to be one of the most touching in the Bible, showing how it does the wonderful providence of the Lord for those who keep his ways.
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