100-101 : Moses In Midian

100-101 : Moses In Midian


ONE day, when Moses was grown up, he went out among his kinsmen and watched them labour. And he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his kinsmen.
He looked this way and that way.
When he saw that there was no one near, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
When he went out the next day, he saw two Hebrew men fighting each other.
He said to the one who was in the wrong:
"Why are you striking your own comrade?"
The man replied:"Who made you a prince and judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?"
And Moses was afraid and said to himself, "What I have done must be known."
When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses,
 but Moses escaped from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian.

There one day he sat down beside a well.
Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water from the well,
 and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.

Shepherds came and tried to drive them away, but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
When they came home to their father, he said: "How is it that you have come back so early today?"
And they answered: "An Egyptian protected us from the shepherds,
 and also drew enough water for us, and watered the flock."

"Where is he?" their father asked.
"Why have you left the man behind? Call him to eat with us."
Moses was happy to live with this man,
 and the man gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife.
Zipponh bore Moses a son, and he called him Gershom,
 which means "a stranger there", for he said, 'I have been a stranger in a strange land."


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