6 Yosef died, as did all his brothers and all that generation.
7 The descendants of Isra’el were fruitful, increased abundantly, multiplied and grew very powerful; the land became filled with them.
8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt. He knew nothing about Yosef
9 but said to his people, “Look, the descendants of Isra’el have become a people too numerous and powerful for us.
10 Come, let’s use wisdom in dealing with them. Otherwise, they’ll continue to multiply; and in the event of war they might ally themselves with our enemies, fight against us and leave the land altogether.”
11 So they put slavemasters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built for Pharaoh the storage cities of Pitom and Ra‘amses.
12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more they multiplied and expanded, until the Egyptians came to dread the people of Isra’el
13 and worked them relentlessly,
14 making their lives bitter with hard labor — digging clay, making bricks, all kinds of field work; and in all this toil they were shown no mercy.
15 Moreover, the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was called Shifrah and the other Pu‘ah.
16 “When you attend the Hebrew women and see them giving birth,” he said, “if it’s a boy, kill him; but if it’s a girl, let her live.”
17 However, the midwives were God-fearing women, so they didn’t do as the king of Egypt ordered but let the boys live.
17 “As the time drew near for the fulfillment of the promise God had made to Avraham, the number of our people in Egypt increased greatly,
18 until there arose another king over Egypt who had no knowledge of Yosef.
19 With cruel cunning this man forced our fathers to put their newborn babies outside their homes, so that they would not survive.
20 “It was then that Moshe was born, and he was beautiful in God’s sight. For three months he was reared in his father’s house;
21 and when he was put out of his home, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son.
22 So Moshe was trained in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and became both a powerful speaker and a man of action.
23 “But when he was forty years old, the thought came to him to visit his brothers, the people of Isra’el.
24 On seeing one of them being mistreated, he went to his defense and took revenge by striking down the Egyptian.
25 He supposed his brothers would understand that God was using him to rescue them, but they didn’t understand.
26 When he appeared the next day, as they were fighting, and tried to make peace between them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers! Why do you want to hurt each other?’
27 the one who was mistreating his fellow pushed Moshe away and said, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us?
28 Do you want to kill me, the way you killed that Egyptian yesterday?’
29 On hearing this, Moshe fled the country and became an exile in the land of Midyan, where he had two sons.
30 “After forty more years, an angel appeared to him in the desert near Mount Sinai in the flames of a burning thorn bush.
31 When Moshe saw this, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to get a better look, there came the voice of Adonai,
32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov.’ But Moshe trembled with fear and didn’t dare to look.
33 Adonaisaid to him, ‘Take off your sandals, because the place where you are standing is holy ground.
34 I have clearly seen how My people are being oppressed in Egypt, I have heard their cry, and I have come down to rescue them, and now I will send you to Egypt.’
35 “This Moshe, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge?’ is the very one whom God sent as both ruler and ransomer by means of the angel that appeared to him in the thorn bush.
36 This man led them out, performing miracles and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years.