18 The king of Egypt summoned the midwives and demanded of them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?”
19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “It’s because the Hebrew women aren’t like the Egyptian women — they go into labor and give birth before the midwife arrives.”
20 Therefore God prospered the midwives, and the people continued to multiply and grow very powerful.
21 Indeed, because the midwives feared God, he made them founders of families.
22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every boy that is born, throw in the river; but let all the girls live.”
1 A man from the family of Levi took a woman also descended from Levi as his wife.
2 When she conceived and had a son, upon seeing what a fine child he was, she hid him for three months.
3 When she could no longer hide him, she took a papyrus basket, coated it with clay and tar, put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the riverbank.
4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
5 The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe in the river while her maids-in-attendance walked along the riverside. Spotting the basket among the reeds, she sent her slave-girl to get it.
6 She opened it and looked inside, and there in front of her was a crying baby boy! Moved with pity, she said, “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children.”
7 At this point, his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Would you like me to go and find you one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
8 Pharaoh’s daughter answered, “Yes, go.” So the girl went and called the baby’s own mother.
9 Pharaoh’s daughter told her, “Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will pay you for doing it.” So the woman took the child and nursed it.
10 Then, when the child had grown some, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter; and she began to raise him as her son. She called him Moshe [pull out], explaining, “Because I pulled him out of the water.”
23 By trusting, the parents of Moshe hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw that he was a beautiful child, and they weren’t afraid of the king’s decree.
24 By trusting, Moshe, after he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
25 He chose being mistreated along with God’s people rather than enjoying the passing pleasures of sin.
26 He had come to regard abuse suffered on behalf of the Messiah as greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes fixed on the reward.