Exodus 2

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1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and married a daughter of Levi.

2 And the woman conceived, and bore a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

3 And when she could no 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 know 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 to her, Take this child away and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child and nursed it.

10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Why smitest thou thy fellow?

14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.

15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.

16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.

17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that you are come so soon to day?

19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.

20 And he said to his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.

21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

22 And she bore him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried; and their cry ascended to God, by reason of the bondage.

24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect to them.

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man of the
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house
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Levi
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daughter
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Son
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saw
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child
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three
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Bulrushes
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slime
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Pitch
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Put
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Flags
Flags, as in Exodus 2:3, signify scientific falsities.

the river
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know
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came
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down
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wash
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walked
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Side
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Sent
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wept
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said
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one
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go
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Call
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Nurse
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Hebrew
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Women
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mother
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to
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give
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moses
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drew
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water
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came to pass
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Pass
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days
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Brethren
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way
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Sand
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second
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men
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judge
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Us
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kill
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heard
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Slay
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face
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Land
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land of
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Midian
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sat
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seven
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Filled
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shepherds
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hand
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eat
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bread
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dwell
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a
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Gershom
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stranger
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king
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egypt
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died
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Israel
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Cry
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God
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Covenant
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Abraham
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Isaac
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Jacob
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upon
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.

Resources for parents and teachers

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 Baby Moses in the Bulrushes
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Birth of Moses
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Birth of Moses
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 9 - 12

 Moses in the Ark of Bulrushes (3-5 years)
Project | Ages 4 - 6

 Moses in the Bulrushes
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Moses in the Bulrushes
Color and cut out pieces of the scene to picture Moses being found in the bulrushes.
Project | Ages 7 - 14

 Moses in the Bulrushes (sheet music)
Song | Ages 4 - 14

 Overview of Lead and Guide Us Levels A B C for Ages 3-14
Overview of the Youth Journey Program "Lead and Guide Us", Levels A, B and C, for ages 3-14. Suitable for Sunday schools, camps, classrooms and families.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 3 - 14

 Pharaoh’s Daughter Finds Moses
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Baby in the Basket
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Birth of Moses
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Birth of Moses
Family lessons provide a worship talk and a variety of activities for children and teens..
Religion Lesson | Ages 4 - 17

 The Birth of Moses
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Birth of Moses
This lesson discusses a story from the Word and suggests projects and activities for young children.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The Birth of Moses - Level A
Complete lesson with activity choices: act out the story of Moses in the bulrushes, create a baby Moses diorama in a cup, scripted story discussion, coloring page, and a memory verse. Sample lesson from the Youth Journey Program "Lead and Guide Us", Level A, for ages 3-6.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 3 - 6

 The Birth of Moses - Level B
Complete lesson with activity choices: create a baby Moses diorama, learn to write your name in hieroglyphs, scripted story discussion, coloring page, and a memory verse. Sample lesson from the Youth Journey Program "Lead and Guide Us", Level B, for ages 7-10.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 The Birth of Moses - Level C
Complete lesson with activity choices: experiment with currents to illustrate divine providence, decode passages from the Word written in hieroglyphs, scripted story discussion, and a spiritual task. Sample lesson from the Youth Journey Program "Lead and Guide Us", Level C, ages 11-14.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 14


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