Exodus 2:16

“Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Exodus 2:16

Now the Priest of Midian had seuen daughters, and they came and drew water, and filled the troughes to water their fathers flocke.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and they came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came to get water for their father's flock.
- Basic English Bible

And the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and they came and drew [water], and filled the troughs, to water their father's flock.
- Darby Bible

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
- Webster's Bible

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
- World English Bible

And to a priest of Midian [are] seven daughters, and they come and draw, and fill the troughs, to water the flock of their father,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Exodus 2:16

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 2:16


2:14 He said, Who made thee a prince? - He challengeth his authority; Who made thee a prince? - A man needs no great authority for giving a friendly reproof; it is an act of kindness; yet this man needs will interpret it an act of dominion, and represents his reprover as imperious and assuming. Thus, when people are sick of good discourse, or a seasonable admonition, they will call it preaching, as if a man could not speak a word for God, and against sin, but he took too much upon him. Yet Moses was indeed a prince, and a judge, and knew it, and thought the Hebrews would have understood it; but they stood in their own light, and thrust him away. #Acts 7:25|,27. Intendest thou to kill me? - See what base constructions malice puts upon the best words and actions. Moses, for reproving him, is presently charged with a design to kill him.

2:15 Moses fled from Pharaoh - God ordered this for wise ends. Things were not yet ripe for Israel's deliverance. The measure of Egypt's iniquity was not yet full; the Hebrews were not sufficiently humbled, nor were they yet increased to such a multitude as God designed: Moses is to be farther fitted for the service, and therefore is directed to withdraw for the present, till the time to favour Israel, even the set time, come. God guided Moses to Midian, because the Midianites were of the seed of Abraham, and retained the worship of the true God; so that he might have not only a safe, but a comfortable settlement among them; and through this country he was afterwards to lead Israel, which, that he might do the better, he now had opportunity of acquainting himself with it. Hither he came, and sat down by a well; tired and thoughtful, waiting to see which way Providence would direct him. It was a great change with him, since he was but the other day at ease in Pharaoh's court.

2:17 Stood up and helped them - This be did, because wherever he was, as occasion offered itself, he loved to be doing justice, and appearing in the defence of such as he saw injured. He loved to be doing good: wherever the Providence of God call us, we should desire and endeavour to be useful; and when we cannot do the good we would, we must be ready to do the good we can.

2:18 Reul or Raguel (see #Num 10:29|,) seems to have been their grandfather and father of Hobab or Jethro, their immediate father.


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