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The Story of Moses in the Bulrushes.
(From the 1st and 2d Chapters of Exodus.)
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 task-masters to afflict them with their burdens. 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 rigor: 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 them serve, was with rigor.
And when the king of Egypt saw that the people multiplied and waxed very mighty, behold, he charged all his people, saying, “Every son that is born among the Hebrews ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.”
And there was a man of the house of Levi, whose wife was also of the house of Levi, to whom a son was born. And when his mother 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 see 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 Hebrew's 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
And she called his name Moses: and she said, "Because I drew him out of the water."
The Story of Moses and the Burning Bush.
(From the 3d Chapter of Exodus.)
AND the children of Israel sighed by reason of their bondage in the land of Egypt, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God. And God heard their groaning and God remembered his covenant with Abraham and with Isaac and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel and had respect unto them.
Now Moses was grown up and kept the flock in the mountains. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire, out of the midst of a bush ; and behold the bush burned with fire, and yet 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