Exodus 2 – NIRV & CCBT

New International Reader’s Version

Exodus 2:1-25

Moses Is Born

1A man and a woman from the tribe of Levi got married. 2She became pregnant and had a son by her husband. She saw that her baby was a fine child. And she hid him for three months. 3After that, she couldn’t hide him any longer. So she got a basket made out of the stems of tall grass. She coated the basket with tar. She placed the child in the basket. Then she put it in the tall grass that grew along the bank of the Nile River. 4The child’s sister wasn’t very far away. She wanted to see what would happen to him.

5Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile River to take a bath. Her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket in the tall grass. So she sent her female slave to get it. 6When she opened it, Pharaoh’s daughter saw the baby. He was crying. She felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

7Then his sister spoke to Pharaoh’s daughter. She asked, “Do you want me to go and get one of the Hebrew women? She could breast-feed the baby for you.”

8“Yes. Go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and feed him for me. I’ll pay you.” So the woman took the baby and fed him. 10When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter. And he became her son. She named him Moses. She said, “I pulled him out of the water.”

Moses Escapes to Midian

11Moses grew up. One day, he went out to where his own people were. He watched them while they were hard at work. He saw an Egyptian hitting a Hebrew man. The man was one of Moses’ own people. 12Moses looked around and didn’t see anyone. So he killed the Egyptian. Then he hid his body in the sand. 13The next day Moses went out again. He saw two Hebrew men fighting. He asked the one who had started the fight a question. He said, “Why are you hitting another Hebrew man?”

14The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking about killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses became afraid. He thought, “People must have heard about what I did.”

15When Pharaoh heard about what had happened, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses escaped from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian. There he sat down by a well. 16A priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to fill the stone tubs with water. They wanted to give water to their father’s flock. 17Some shepherds came along and chased the girls away. But Moses got up and helped them. Then he gave water to their flock.

18The girls returned to their father Reuel. He asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”

19They answered, “An Egyptian saved us from the shepherds. He even got water for us and gave it to the flock.”

20“Where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”

21Moses agreed to stay with the man. And the man gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses to be his wife. 22Zipporah had a son by him. Moses named him Gershom. That’s because Moses said, “I’m an outsider in a strange land.”

23After a long time, the king of Egypt died. The people of Israel groaned because they were slaves. They also cried out to God. Their cry for help went up to him. 24God heard their groans. He remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 25So God looked on the Israelites with concern for them.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

出埃及記 2:1-25


1有一個利未族人跟他同族的女子結婚。 2那女子懷孕,生了一個男嬰。她看見孩子可愛,就把他藏了三個月。 3後來無法再藏下去,她就拿來一個蒲草籃子,外面塗上防水的瀝青和柏油,然後把嬰兒放在裡面,又把籃子放在尼羅河邊的蘆葦叢中。 4嬰兒的姐姐遠遠地站著,要看看她的弟弟究竟會怎樣。

5這時,法老的女兒來到河邊沐浴,宮女們在河邊行走。公主發現了蘆葦叢中的籃子,便吩咐一個婢女去把它取來。 6公主打開一看,原來是一個男嬰。公主看見孩子在哭,就可憐他,說:「他是希伯來人的孩子。」 7嬰兒的姐姐對公主說:「我去找一個希伯來婦女當奶媽,為你哺養他好嗎?」 8公主回答說:「好!」那女孩就跑去把嬰孩的母親帶來。 9公主對那婦女說:「你把孩子抱去,替我哺養他,我會給你工錢。」她便把孩子抱去哺養。 10孩子漸漸長大,她便把他帶到公主那裡,孩子就做了公主的兒子。公主給孩子取名叫摩西,意思是「我把他從水中拉了上來」。

11後來,摩西長大了,他去看望做苦工的希伯來同胞,看見一個埃及人在毆打他的一個希伯來同胞。 12他左右觀望,見四下無人,便下手殺了那埃及人,把屍體埋藏在沙地裡。 13第二天,他又出去,看見兩個希伯來人在打架,便過去對理虧的人說:「你為什麼打自己的同胞呢?」 14那人說:「你以為你是誰啊?誰立你做我們的首領和審判官?難道你要殺我,像殺那個埃及人一樣嗎?」摩西聽了,害怕起來,心想:「我做的事一定被人知道了。」 15法老聽說這件事後,便想殺死摩西摩西為了躲避法老,就逃到米甸居住。一天他坐在一口井旁, 16米甸祭司的七個女兒來打水,要把水倒進槽裡飲她們父親的羊。 17這時,來了另外一群牧人要把她們趕走。摩西便起來幫助她們,打水飲她們的羊群。 18她們回到父親流珥2·18 流珥」又名「葉忒羅」。那裡,父親問她們:「你們今天怎麼這麼快就回來了?」 19她們答道:「有一個埃及人救我們免遭牧人的欺負,還幫我們打水飲羊群。」 20他又問女兒們:「現在那人在哪裡?你們怎麼可以丟下他不管呢?去請他來吃點東西。」 21後來,摩西同意住在那人家裡。那人把女兒西坡拉許配給他。 22後來,西坡拉生了一個兒子,摩西給他取名叫革舜,意思是「我成了在異鄉寄居的人」。

23過了多年,埃及王死了。以色列人受盡奴役,就哀歎呼求,聲音傳到上帝那裡。 24上帝聽見他們的哀聲,顧念從前跟亞伯拉罕以撒雅各所立的約, 25就垂顧他們,體恤他們。