"The founding of Moses" 120x80 1999
|The Birth of Moses
Now a man of the house of Levi mar-
ried a Levite woman, and she became
pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she
saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for
three months, But when she could hide
him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for
him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then
she placed the child in it and put it among
the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His
sister stood at a distance to see what would
happen to him.
Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to
the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were
walking along the river bank. She saw the
basket among the reeds and sent her slave
girl to get it. She opened it and saw the
baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for
him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies,"
Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daugh-
ter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew
women to nurse the baby for you?"
"Yes, go," she answered. And the girl
went and got the baby's mother. Pharaoh's
daughter said to her, "Take this baby and
nurse him for me, and I will pay you." So
the woman took the baby and nursed him.
When the child grew older, she took him
to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her
son. She named him Moses, c saying, "I
drew him out of the water."