Exodus 2:5

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the daughter of Pharaoh came downe to wash her selfe at the riuer, and her maydens walked along by the riuer side: and when shee saw the arke among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it {to her.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river-side; and she saw the ark among the flags, and sent her handmaid to fetch it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now Pharaoh's daughter came down to the Nile to take a bath, while her women were walking by the riverside; and she saw the basket among the river-plants, and sent her servant-girl to get it.
- Basic English Bible

And the daughter of Pharaoh went down to bathe in the river; and her maids went along by the river's side. And she saw the ark in the midst of the sedge, and sent her handmaid and fetched it.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

Pharaoh's daughter came down to bathe at the river. Her maidens walked along by the riverside. She saw the basket among the reeds, and sent her handmaid to get it.
- World English Bible

And a daughter of Pharaoh cometh down to bathe at the River, and her damsels are walking by the side of the River, and she seeth the ark in the midst of the weeds, and sendeth her handmaid, and she taketh it,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe in the river; and her maidens walked along by the river-side; and she saw the ark among the flags, and sent her handmaid to fetch it.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 2:5


2:5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came - Providence brings no less a person than Pharaoh's daughter just at that juncture, guides her to the place where this poor infant lay, inclines her heart to pity it, which she dares do, when none else durst. Never did poor child cry so seasonably, as this did; the babe wept, which moved her compassion, as no doubt his beauty did.


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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