Exodus 2:22

“And she bare him a sonne, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I haue bene a stranger in a strange land.”

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And she bare [him] a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
- King James Version

Then she gave birth to a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And she bare a son, and he called his name Gershom; for he said, I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And she gave birth to a son, to whom he gave the name Gershom: for he said, I have been living in a strange land.
- Basic English Bible

And she bore a son, and he called his name Gershom; for he said, I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.
- Darby Bible

And she bore him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
- Webster's Bible

She bore a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, "I have lived as a foreigner in a foreign land."
- World English Bible

and she beareth a son, and he calleth his name Gershom, for he said, `A sojourner I have been in a strange land.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And she bore a son, and he called his name Gershom; for he said: 'I have been a stranger in a strange land.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 2:22


2:22 Gershom - That is, A stranger there. Now this settlement of Moses in Midian was designed by Providence. To shelter him for the present; God will find hiding places for his people in the day of their distress. It was also designed to prepare him for the services he was farther designed to. His manner of life in Midian, where he kept the flock of his father - in - law would be of use to him, to inure him to hardship and poverty; and to inure him to contemplation and devotion. Egypt accomplished him for a scholar, a gentleman, a statesman, a soldier, all which accomplishments would be afterwards of use to him; but yet lacketh he one thing, in which the court of Egypt could not befriend him. He that was to do all by divine revelation must know, what it was to live a life of communion with God, and in this he would be greatly furthered by the retirement of a shepherd's life in Midian. By the former he was prepared to rule in Jeshurun, but by the latter he was prepared to converse with God in mount Horeb. Those that know what it is to be alone with God, are acquainted with better delights than ever Moses tasted in the court of Pharaoh.


Discussion for Exodus 2

  • Soso
    God is faithful, He is a God of the impossible. All we need to do is have the trust in Him and have the same faith that Moses' mother had. The woman knew somewhere in her that the child won't survive in the water but she had faith that someone might rescue him not knowing that God was going to use the enemy to save her child and raise a great leader.
  • Deborah King
    Parents will go over board to protect a special child. A mother's nature is to protect not destroy. When you feel surrounded by evil, look for ways to work against it. Be alert for the opportunities God gives you, and take full advantage of them. Focus on God, and trust him for the way out. That is all He needs to begin His work in you.
  • Sonja
    It's totally amazing how God makes way and blesses His people in the worst of conditions. praise God!
  • Froy8a
    On Exodus 2:1 does not tell us who the names of Moses parents were. Who were they?
  • Dona
    It is interesting to note that God had a special plan for Moses. He was raised in Royalty , being prepared to lead God's people. Despite his sin in killing the Hebrew man , he was forgiven by God and continue to lead his path. Notice in verse 17 Moses again shows leadership and compassion as he protected the Maidens from the abuse of the shepherds , only this time he did not take the life of anyone. The last three verses of the chapter now brings forward the task ahead for Moses to do . God now hears the cry of His people and is now ready to put His plan in action through Moses. We show realize that we serve a forgiving and compassionate God ,who is willing to forgive us when we fall short. If we fail Him we should then ask for forgiveness and repent, surrender our life to Him and allow Him to take control.
  • Nakimuli Benedicta
    The hand of God was upon Moses

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