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CHAPTER I.

| if it be a son, then ye shall kill him; The children of Lorarl, though oppressed, do but if it be a daughter, then she shall multiply.

live. N OW these are the names of the 17 But the midwives feared God,

children of Israel, which came and did not as the king of Egypt into Egypt; every man according to commanded them, but saved the men bis household who came with Jacob. | children alive. 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 18 And the king of Egypt called for 3 Isachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, the midwives, and said unto them, 4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Why have ve done this thing, and Asher.

| have saved the men children alive? 5 And all the souls that came out of | 19 And the midwives said unto the loins of Jacob were seventy souls ; Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women for Joseph was in Egypt already.

are not as the Egyptian women ; for 6 And Joseph died, and all his | they are lively, and are delivered ere brethren, and all that generation. the midwives come in unto them.

7 And the children of Israel were 20 Therefore God dealt well with fruitful, and increased abundantly, the midwives; and the people multiand multiplied, and waxed exceeding plied, and waxed very mighty. mighty; and the land was filled with | 21 And it came to pass, because the them.

I midwives feared God, that he made 8 Now there arose up a new king them houses. over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. | 22 And Pharaoh charged all his

9 And he said unto his people, Be- people, saying, Every son that is bold, the people of the children of born ye shall cast into the river, and Israel are more and mightier than every daughter ye shall save alive. we:

CHAPTER IT. 10 Come on, let us deal wisely with Moses' Prirth, adoption, flight, and marriage. them ; lest they multiply, and it! AND there went a man of the come to pass, that, when there falleth A house of Levi, and took to wife out any war, they join also unto our a daughter of Levi. enemies, and fight against us, and so 2 And the woman conceived, and get them up out of the land.

bare a son; and when she saw him 11 Therefore they did set over them that he was a goodly child, she hid taskmasters to afflict then with their him three months. bardeos. And they built for Pharaob 13 And when she could not longer treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. hide him, she took for him an ark of

12 But the more they afflicted them, bulrushes, and daubed it with slime the more they multiplied and grew. and with pitch, and put the child And they were grieved because of the therein; and she laid it in the flags children of Israel.

by the river's brink. 13 And the Egyptians made the 4 And his sister stood afar off, to ehildren of Israel to serve with rigour; wit what would be done to him.

14 And they made their lives bitter 5 And the daughter of Pharaoh with hard bondage, in mortar, and in came down to wash herself at the brick, and in all manner of service in river; and her maidens walked along the field: all their service, wherein | by the river's side: and when she they made them serve, was with saw the ark among the flags, she rigour.

sent her maid to fetch it. 15 And the king of Egypt spake to 6 And when she had opened it, sho the Hebrew midwives, of which the saw the child; and, behold, the babe Dame of the one was Shiprab, and wept. And she had compassion on the name of the other Puah;

him, and said, This is one of the 16 And he said, When ye do the Hebrews' children. office of a midwife to the Hebrew 7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's women, and see them upon the stools, I daughter, Shall I go and call to thco & nurse of the Hebrew women, | And where is he? why is it that ye that she may nurse the child for have left the man ? call him, that he thee?

may eat bread. 8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to 21 And Moses was content to dwell her, Go. And tbe maid went and with the man; and he gave Moses called the child's mother.

Zipporah bis daughter. 9 And Pharaoh's daughter said 22 And she bare him a son, and he anto her, Take this child away, and called his name Gershom; for he said, nurse it for me, and I will give thee I have been a stranger in a strange thy wages. And the woman took land. the child, and nursed it.

23 And it came to pass in process 10 And the child grew, and she of time, that the king of Egypt died; brought him unto Pharaoh's daugh- and the children of Israel sighed by ter, and he became her son. And reason of the bondage, and they cried, she called his name Moses; and she | and their cry came up unto God by said, Because I drew him out of the reason of the bondare water.

24 And God heard their groaning, • 11 And it came to pass in those and God remembered his covenant days, when Moses was grown, that with Abraham, with Isarc, and with he went out unto his brethren, and Jacob. looked on their burdens; and he 25 And God looked upon the chil. spied an Egyptian smiting a He- dren of Israel, and God had respect brew, one of his brethren.

unto them. 12 And he looked this way and that

CHAPTER III. way, and when he saw that there was

Moses kerneth Jethra's flock-Gnd appeareth no man, he slew the Egyptian, and to him in a burning bush-He sendeth him hid him in the sand.

to delirer lsrurl. 13 And when he went out the N OW Moses kept the flock of second day, behold, two men of the N Jethro his father-in-law, the Hebrews strove together; and he priest of Midian ; and he led the said to him that did the wrong, flock to the back side of the desert, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow ? and came to the mountain of God,

14 And he said. Who made thee a even to Horeb. prince and a judge over us? intendest 2 And again, the presence of the thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Lord appeared unto him, in a flame Egyptian? And Moses feared, and of fire in the midst of a bush; and said, Surely this thing is known. he looked, and, behold, the bush

15 Now when Pharaoh heard this burned with fire, and the bush was thing, he sought to slay Moses. But not consumed. Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, | 3 And Moses said, I will now turn and dwelt in the land of Midian; and aside, and see this great sight, why he sat down by a well.

the bush is not consumed. 16 Now the priest of Midian had 4 And when the Lord saw that he seven daughters; and they came and turned aside to see, God called unto drew water, and filled the troughs to him out of the midst of the bush, and water their father's flock.

said, Moses, Moses. And he said, 17 And the shepherds came and Here am I. drove them away; but Moses stood | 5 And he said, Draw not nigh up and helped them, and watered hither: put off thy shoes from off their flock.

thy feet; for the place whereon thou 18 And when they came to Reuel standest is holy ground. their father, he said, How is it that 6 Moreover he said, I am the God ye are come so soon to-day?

of thy father, the God of Abrabam, 19 And they said. An Egyptian the God of Isaac, and the God of delivered us out of the hand of the Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for shepherds, and also drew water he was afraid to look upon God. enough for us, and watered the 7 And the Lord said, I have surely flock.

seen the affliction of my people which 20 And he said unto his daughters, I are in Egypt, and have heard their

ery by reason of their task-masters; | the Hittites, and the Amorites, and for I know their sorrows;

the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and 8 And I am come down to deliver the Jebusites, unto a land flowing them out of the hand of the Egypt- with milk and honey ians, and to bring them up out of 18 And they shall hearken to thy that land unto a good land and a voice; and thou shalt come, thou and large, unto land flowing with milk the elders of Israel, unto the king of and honey ; unto the place of the Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, Cabaanites, and the Hittites, and The Lord God of the Hebrews hath the Auorites, and the Perizzites, and met with us; and now let us go, we tbe Hirites, and the Jebusites,

beseech thee, three days' journey into 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the wilderness, that we may sacrifice the children of Israel is come unto | to the Lord our God. me; and I bave also seen the oppres- 19 And I am sure that the king of sion wherewith the Egyptians op- Egypt will not let you go, no, not by press them.

a mighty hand. 10 Come now therefore, and I will 20 And I will stretch out my hand, send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou and smite Egypt with all my wonmuvest bring forth my people the ders which I will do in the midst children of Israel out of Egypt. thereof; and after that he will let

11 And Moses said unto God, Who you go. am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, 21 And I will give this people and that I should bring forth the favour in the sight of the Egyptians; ehildren of Israel out of Egypt? and it shall come to pass, that, when

12 And he said, Certainly I will be ye go, ye shall not go empty; with thee; and this shall be a token 22 But every woman shall borrow uno thee, that I have sent thee; of her neighbour, and of her that When tbou hast brought forth the | sojourneth in her house, jewels of people out of Egypt, ye shall serve silver, and jewels of gold, and raiGrd upon this mountain.

ment; and ye shall put them upon 13 And Moses said unto God, Be- your sons, and won your dauchters : bold, when I come unto the children and ye shall spoil the Egyptians. of Israel, and shall say unto them,

CHAPTER IV. The God of your fathers hath sent

Moses is given a rod of power-He is loch to me onto you; and they sball say to

be sent-darom is called-God's message to me. What is his name? what shall I

Pharanh-Zipporah circumciseth her son say unto them?

Aaron is called. 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM AND Moses answered and said, THAT I AM; and he said, Thus | A But, behold, they will not beshalt thou say unto the children of lieve me, nor hearken unto my voice; Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. for they will say, The Lord hath not

15 And God said moreover unto appeared unto thee. Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the 2 And the Lord said unto him, chil.Iren of Israel, The Lord God of What is that in thine hand? And your fathers, the God of Abraham, he said, A rod. the God of Isaac, and the God of J- 3 And he said, Cast it on the eob, hath sent me unto you; this is ground. And be cast it on the my name for ever, and this is my ground, and it became a serpent; memorial unto all generations.

and Moses fled from before it. 16 Go, and gather the elders of 4 And the Lord said unto Moses, Israel together, and say unto them, Put forth thine hand, and take it by The Lord God of your fathers, the the tail. And he put forth his hand, God of Abrabam, of Isaac, and of and caught it, and it became a rod in Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I his hand; have surely visited you, and seen 5 That they may believe that the that which is done to you in Egypt; | Lord God of their fathers, the God

17 And I baye said, I will bring of Abraham, the God of Isanc, and you up out of the affliction of Egypt the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto the land of the Canaanites, and I unto thee.

0 And the Lord said furthermore, thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do unto him, Put now thine hand into signs. thy bosom. And he put his hand 18 And Moses went and returned to into his bosom; and when he took it Jethro his father-in-law, and said out, behold, his hand was leprous as unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, snow.

and return unto my brethren which 7 And he said, Put thy hand into are in Egypt, and see whether they thy bosom again. And he put his be yet alive. And Jethro said to hand into his bosom again; and Moses, Go in peace. plucked it out of his bosom, and, be- 19 Apd the Lord said unto Moses in hold, it was turned again as his other Midian, Go, return into Egypt; for all flesh.

the men are dead which sought thy life. 8. And it shall come to pass, if they 20 And Moses took his wife and his will not believe thee, neither hearken sons, and set them upon an ass, and to the voice of the first sign, that he returned to the land of Egypt; and they will believe the voice of the lat-Moses took the rod of God in his hand. ter sign.

21 And the Lord said unto Moses, 9 And it shall come to pass, if they When thou goest to return into will not believe also these two signs, Egypt, see that thou do all those neither hearken unto thy voice, that wonders before Pharaoh, which I thou shalt take of the water of the have put in thine hand, and I will river, and pour it upon the dry land; prosper thee; but Pharaoh will hardand the water which thou takest out en his heart, and he will not let the of the river shall become blood upon people go. the dry land.

22 And thou shalt say unto Pha10 And Moses said unto the Lord, raoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither my son, even my first-born; heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken 23 And I say unto thee, Let my son unto thy servant; but I am slow of go, that he may serve me; and if speech, and of a slow tongue. thou refuse to let him go, behold, I 11 And the Lord said unto him, will stay thy son, even thy first-born.

| 24 And it came to pass, that the who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or Lord appeared unto hiin as he was in the seeing, or the blind? have not I the way, by the inn. The Lord was the Lord ?

angry with Moses, and his band was 12 Now therefore go, and I will be about to fall upon him, to kill him; with thy mouth, and teach thee what for he had not circumcised his son. thou shalt say.

25 Then Zipporah took a sharp 13 And he said, O my Lord, send, stone and circumcised her son, and I pray thee, by the hand of him whom cast the stone at his feet, and said, thou wilt send.

Surely thou art a bloody husband 14 And the anger of the Lord was unto me. kindled against Moses, and he said, 26 And the Lord spared Moses and Is not Aarop the Levite thy brother let him go, because Zipporah, his I know that he can speak well. And wife, circuncised the child. And she also, behold, he cometh forth to meet said, Thou art a bloody husband. thee; and wben he seeth thee, he will And Moses was ashamed, and hid bis be glad in his heart.

| face from the Lord, and said, I have 15 And thou shalt speak unto him, sinned before the Lord. and put words in his mouth; and I 27 And the Lord said unto Aaron, will be with thy mouth, and with his Gointo the wilderness to meet Moses, mouth, and will teach you what ye and he went and met him, in the shall do.

mount of God; in the mount where 16 And he shall be thy spokesman God appeared unto him; and Aaron unto the people; and he shall be, kissed him. even he shall be to thee instead of a 28 And Moses told Aaron all the mouth, and thou shalt be to himn in- words of the Lord who had sent him, stead of God.

and all the signs which he had com17 And thou shalt take this rod in manded him.

29 And Moses and Aaron went and 11 Go ye, get your straw where ye gathered together all the elders of the can find it; yet not aught of your children of Israel;

work shall be diminished. 30 And Aarod spake all the words 12 So the people were scattered which the Lord had spoken into abroad throughout all the land of Voges, and did the signs in the sight Egypt to gather stubble instead of of the people.

straw. 31 And the people believed; and 13 And the taskmasters hasted them, when they heard that the Lord had saying, Fulfil your works, your daily visited the children of Israel, and tasks, as when there was straw. that he had looked upon their afflic- ! 14 And the officers of the children tion, then they bowed their heads and of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmas. worshipped.

ters bad set over them, were beaten,

and demanded, Wherefore have ye CHAPTER V. Pharach increuseth the Israelites' task_He not fulfilled your task in making

chterketh rrir cumplaints-Moses crveth to brick, both yesterday and to-day, as Gol for Israil

heretofore ? AND afterward Moses and Aaron 15 Then the officers of the children

u went in, and told Pharaoh. Thus of Israel came and cried unto Phasaith the Lord God of Israel, Let my raoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou people go, that they may hold a feast thus with thy servants? unto me in the wilderness.

16 There is no straw given unto thy 2 Ånd Pharaoh said. Who is the servants, and they say to us. Make Lord, that I should obey his voice to brick; and, behold, thy servants are let Israel go? I know not the Lord, beaten; but the fault is in thine own neither will I let Israel co.

people, 3 And they said, The God of the 17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are Hebrews baib met with us; let us go, idle; therefore ye say, Let us go and We pray thee, three days' journey do sacrifice to the Lord. into the desert, and sacrifice unto the 18 Go therefore now, and work ; for Lord our God: lest he fall upon us there shall no straw be given you, yet with pestilence, or with the sword. shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.

4 And the king of Egypt said unto 19 And the officers of the children tbem, Wherefore do ye, Moses and of Israel did see that they were in Aarn, lead the people from their evil case, after it was said, Ye shall Works? get you unto your burdens. not diminish augbt from your bricks

5 And Pharaoh said, Behold, the peo- of your daily task. ple of the land now are many, and 20 And they met Moses and Aaron, Te make the rest from their burdens. who stood in the way, as they came

& And Pharaoh commanded the forth from Pharaoh; same day the taskmasters of the 21 And they said unto them, The people, and their officers, saying, Lord look upon you, and judge; be

7 Ye shall no more give the people cause ye have made our savour to be straw to make brick, as heretofore; abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and let them go and gather straw for in the eyes of his servants, to put a themselves,

sword in their hand to slay us. 8 And the tale of the bricks, which 22 And Moses returned unto the they did make heretofore, ye shall | Lord, and said, Lord, wherefore hast lay apon them; ye shall not diminish thou so evil entreated this people ? 4ngbt thereof; for they be idle; there- why is it that thou hast sent me? fore they cry, saying, Let us go and 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to sacrifice to our God.

speak in thy name, he hath done evil 9 Let there more work be laid upon to this people; neither hast thou dethe men, that they may labour therein ; livered thy people at all. and let them not regard vain words.

CHAPTER VI. 10 And the taskmasters of the people God reneweth his promise--The genealogy of went out, and their officers, and they

Reuben, Simeon, and Leci. spake to the people, saying, Thus saith M HEN the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh, I will not give you straw. 1 Now shalt thou see wbat I will

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