18 When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt;
2 Then Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her back,
3 And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land:
4 And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:
5 And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:
6 And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.
7 And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent.
8 And Moses told his father in law all that the Lord had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the Lord delivered them.
9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.
10 And Jethro said, Blessed be the Lord, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.
11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Jethro the Midian priest who was Moses’ father in law heard about all God had done for Moses and the Israelite people and took Mose’s wife Zipporah and her two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, back to Moses in the wilderness where he was encamped at the mount of God.
Moses greeted his father-in-law with obeisance and a kiss and then the two went into Moses tent. Moses told Jethro all that the Lord had done and Jethro rejoiced, praised God and declared that he knew the Lord was greater than all.
When I read about Jethro brining Zipporah back, I long for more detail to the story. Was Zipporah desirous of going back to Moses, her husband? Were the two sons yearning to know their father? Was Jethro intent upon gaining any kind of favor from men or from God because of his son-in-laws amazing accomplishment in delivering the children of Israel out of Egypt? I hope to learn more about all this as I read on.
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