Bible (Thomson)/Exodus

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I.These are the names of Israel's sons who went down to Egypt with their father Jacob. They went every one with his whole family; Reuben, Symeon, Levi, Judas, Issachar, Zabulon, Benjamin, Dan and Nephthaleim, Gad and Aser. 5Now Joseph was in Egypt. And all the souls from Jacob were seventy five. 6And when Joseph was dead and all his brothers and all that generation 7and the children of Israel had increased and multiplied and were become numerous and grew more and more powerful and the land caused them to abound, 8there arose another king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph. 9And he said to his nation, Behold the race of the children of Israel is become a great multitude, and is mightier than we. 10Come therefore, let us deal subtilly with them. Perhaps when they are multiplied, if a war should happen to us, they will join our enemies and fight against us and depart out of the land. 11So he set task masters over them to afflict them with labours and they built for Pharao fortified cities, namely, Peithouand Rameses and On, which is Heliopolis. 12But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew stronger and stronger. So the Egyptians were abhorred by the children of Israel; 13and the Egyptians ruled over the Israelites with rigour and made tehir lives bitter with hard labour in working clay and making bricks and with all the toils of the field, 14according to the several kinds of service to whcih they forcibly subjected them. 15Moreoever the king of the Egyptians spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of the first in rank was Sephora and the name of the second Phua, and said, 16When you do the office of midwives to the Hebrew women and they are delivered, if it be a male child, kill it; but if it be a female preserve it alive. 17But the midwives feared God and did not do asthe king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the males Whereupon the king of Egypt sent for the midwives and said to them, Why have you done this and saved the male children? And the midwives said to Pharao, The Hevrew women are not like the Egyptian; for they bring forth instantly. Before the midwives can come to them, they are delivered. And God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew mighty. And because the midwives feared God they established families for themselves. Then Pharao gave orders to all his people saying, Every male child which is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the river, but preserve every female alive.

II.Now there was a certain man of the tribe of Levi who had married one of the daughters of Levi and she conceived and bore a son. And when they saw that he was a beautiful child they hid him three months. But when they could not conceal him any longer, his mother provided for him a wicker basket and plaistered it with bitumenous pitch and put the child into it and placed it in the stagnant water by the side of the river. And his sister watched it at a distance to see what would become of it. And the daughter of Pharao came to bathe herself at the river and her maids were walking with her along the bank. And seeing the basket in the stagnant water she sent her maid and had it brought to her. And upon opening it she saw in the basket a child weeping. And the daughter of Pharao had compassion on it and said, This is one of the Hebrew children. Whereupon his sister said to Pharao's daughter. Shall I call for thee a nurse from among the Hebrews to suckle the child for thee? And the daughter of Pharao said. Go, Upon which the girl went and called the child's mother. And the daughter of Pharao said to her. Take care of this child for me and suckle it for me ; and I will pay thee the wages. So the woman took the child and suckled it ; and when the boy was grown up she brought him to Pharao's daughter and he became her son. And she called his name Moses, saying, I drew him out of the water.

And after a course of many years, when Moses was become great he went out to his brethren the children of Israel. And as he was observing their distress, he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, who was one of his brethren the children of Israel Whereupon looking about on every side and seeing no body he smote the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. And going out the next day he saw two Hebrew men quarrelling and said to him who was in the wrong, Why dost thou beat thy neighbour? To which he replied, Who made thee a ruler or a judge over us? Dost thou mean to kill me, as thou didst the Egyptian yesterday? Thereupon Moses was alarmed and said, Is the thing become so public?

Now when Pharao heard of this deed he sought to slay Moses, but he withdrew from the presence of Pharao and took up his abode in the land of Madiam. When he came to the land of Madiam he sat down by a well. Now the priest of Madiam had seven daughters who tended the flocks of their father Jothor. And they having come to the well began to draw water to fill the troughs that they might water the flocks of their father Jothor, and the shepherds came and drove them away. Upon which Moses arose and protected them and drew water for them and watered their flocks. And when they came to their father Raguel, he said to them. Why have you come so soon to-day? To which tliey replied, An Egyptian protected us from the shepherds and drew for us and watered our flocks. And he said to his daughters. And where is he? Why did you leave the man behind? Therefore call him that he may eat bread. So Moses dwelt with the man; and he gave him his daughter Sepphora to be his wife. And his wife conceived and bore him a son; And Moses called his name Gersam, saying, Because I am a sojourner in a strange land.

And after those many years the king of Egypt died and the Israelites groaned under their labours and raised a loud out cry; and their cry on account of their labours ascended up to God. And God heard their groans. And God remembered his covenant which he had made with Abraham, Isaak and Jacob. And God looked upon the Israelites and was made known to them.

III. Now when Moses was feeding the flocks of Jothor his father in law the priest of Madiam he led them below the wilderness and came to the mountain Choreb. And an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a fire blazing out of a bush. And when he saw that the bush blazed with fire, but was not consumed Moses said, I will go near and see this great sight; why the bush is not consumed. But when the Lord saw that he drew near to look; the Lord called to him out of the bush saying, Moses! Moses! And he said, What is it? And he said, Approach not hither. Loose the sandals from thy feet; for the place where thou standest is holy ground. Then he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaak, and the God of Jacob. Whereupon Moses turned away his face; for he was afraid to look forAvard in the presence of God. And the Lord said to Moses, I have indeed seen the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry on the account of their task masters ; for I know their sorrow, therefore I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them out of that land, and conduct them to a land good and spacious — to a land flowing with milk and honey — to the country of the Chananites and the Chettites and the Amorites, and the Pherezites, and the Gergasites and the Evites and the Jebusites. And now behold the cry of the children of Israel hath reached me and I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them, now therefore come : I will send thee to Pharao king of Egypt and thou shalt bring my people the Israelites out of the land of Egypt. Thereupon Moses said to God, Who am I that I should go to Pharao king of Egypt, and that I should bring the Israelites out of the land of Egypt? Upon which God spoke to Moses saying, That I will be with thee, even this is the sign for thee. And because I will send thee, therefore when thou hast brought my people out of Egypt you shall worship God on this mountain. Then Moses said to God, Behold when I come to the Israelites and say to them. The God of our fathers hath sent me to you; and they shall say. What is his name? What shall I say to them? On which God spoke to Moses saying, I am The I Am. Moreover he said. Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel, The I Am hath sent me to you. Again God said to, Moses, Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel, The Lord, the God of our fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaak, and the God of Jacob hath sent me to you. This is my everlasting name and memorial to all generations. 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36Now when the cloud ascended from the tabernacle, the Israelites prepared to march with their baggage. 37But if the cloud did not ascend they did not prepare to march till the day when the cloud ascended. 38For there was a cloud on the tabernacle by day and in the night there was a fire on it in the sight of all Israel throughout all their journeyings.