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Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

Exodus 2

Verse 1

2:1 And there went a {a} man of the house of Levi, and took [to wife] a daughter of Levi.

(a) This Levite was called Amram, who married Jochebed in Exodus 6:20.

Verse 3

2:3 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 {b} put the child therein; and she laid [it] in the flags by the river’s brink.

(b) Committing him to the providence of God, whom she could not keep from the rage of the tyrant.

Verse 8

2:8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the {c} child’s mother.

(c) Man’s counsel cannot hinder that which God has determined shall come to pass.

Verse 11

2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was {d} grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.

(d) That is, was forty years old; Acts 7:23.

Verse 12

2:12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that [there was] no man, he {e} slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

(e) Being assured that God had appointed him to deliver the Israelites; Acts 7:25.

Verse 14

2:14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses {f} feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.

(f) Though by his fear he showed his weakness, yet faith covered it; Hebrews 11:27.

Verse 20

2:20 And he said unto his daughters, And where [is] he? why [is] it [that] ye have left the man? {g} call him, that he may eat bread.

(g) In which he demonstrated a thankful mind, which would reward the good done to his.

Verse 23

2:23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they {h} cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

(h) God humbles his by afflictions, that they should cry to him, and receive the fruit of his promise.

Verse 25

2:25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had {i} respect unto [them].

(i) He judges their causes or acknowledged them as his own.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Exodus 2". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1599-1645.