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

  • Jotwyla Moore
    I've read that Jethro is a title meaning "most excellent". Reuel is his name. He was a priest.
  • BSP
    Verse 9: Moses had a chance to learn about his history and where he came from because he was nursed by his mother.
  • Lu2677
    Darrell, Exodus 2:16-18 "Priest of Median" is Reuel, he has 7 daughters, one is named Zipporah. V:21 Reuel gave Zipporah to Moses for his wife.Ex. 3:1 Reuel is called Jethro for the first time, it does not say why the name change. Ex. 18:2 Jethro, Moses father in law took his daughter Zipporah back when Moses returned her. In the next few verse we see Moses was in the wilderness.
  • A disciple
    Darrell; I'm sure there are some very smart old books where we can get a good and thorough answer to that question; I speculate that they were simply two names, like, 'John Smith,' or perhaps it was something in the languages? Good question! I like that Moses was still humble and respectful toward his father-in-law, and of his spirituality; receiving his guidance and wisdom in handling the people
  • Darrell
    Why is it that we find Moses father-in-law's name in verse 18 as Reuel but in the commentary it states Moses was married to the daughter of Jethro.
  • Irene123
    Some comments on the following pgs. for ch. 2 - say that Moses killed a Hebrew; Moses killed an Egyptian, not a Hebrew.

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