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THE BOOK OF EXODUS.

MOSES.

AND Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.

Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, “Behold, the 'people of the children of Israel are more and mightier 'than we: come on, let us deal wisely with them ; lest 'they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there ' falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and ' fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.' Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure-cities. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour : and they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field : all their service, wherein they made themi serve, was with rigour.

And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, 'Every son that is born

ye

shall cast into the river, and every daughter 'ye shall save alive.'

And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman bare a son:

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and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not 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. And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

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. 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.' 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?' And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. And Pharaoh's daughter said unto 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. And the child grew, and she brought him unto 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.'

And it came to pass, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens : and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. 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. 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, Wherefore smitest thou

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'thy fellow?' 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.' 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. Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters : and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock. And the shepherds came and drove them away : but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock. And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, • How is it that ye are come so soon to-day?' And they said, 'An Egyptian delivered us out of the hands of the

shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered 'the flock. And he said unto his daughters, ' And where ' is he? why is it that ye have left the man ? call him, that • he may eat bread.” And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom : for he said, 'I have been a stranger in a strange land.'

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 came up unto God by reason of the bondage. And God heard their groaning, and remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian : and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked,

and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will now turn aside, ' and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.' And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, GOD called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said

Moses, Moses.
And he said, “Here am I.' And He said-

Draw not nigh hither : put off thy shoes from off thy feet, • for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.'

Moreover He said

• I am the GOD of thy father, the GOD of Abraham, the GOD

of Isaac, and the GOD of Jacob.' And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon GOD.

And the LORD said

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'I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in • Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their task• masters; for I know their sorrows; and I am come down 'to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a ' large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the

place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression ' wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now 'therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou 'mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of • Egypt.'

And Moses said unto God, “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt ?' And He said

• Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token • unto thee, that I have sent thee: when thou hast brought

forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve GOD upon this ·mountain,

And Moses said unto Gon, 'Behold, when I come unto • the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, “The • God of your fathers hath sent me unto you;' and they shall

me, “What is his name?” what shall I say ' unto them?'

And God said unto Moses

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"I AM THAT I AM.'

And He said

• Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath • sent me unto you.'

And God said moreover unto Moses

. Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD GOD of your fathers, the GOD of Abraham, the GOD of Isaac, and the GOD of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all genera* tions. Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and

say unto them, The LORD GOD of your fathers, the GOD of • Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, say*ing, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is • done to you in Egypt: and I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, • and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing · with milk and honey. And they shall hearken to thy · voice : and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, • unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The • LORD GOD of the Hebrews hath met with us; and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our GOD. And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no,

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