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The birth of Moses

Moses, Miriam, a basket and Pharaoh's daughter.
Contributed by Aya & Nicole Velasquez
Story also available on our translated website: Hindi
When a new Pharaoh came to power he noticed that Jacob’s descendants, the Hebrews, had greatly increased in numbers. Afraid that they might become a threat he forced them to work as slaves on his many building projects. – Slide 1
He then told the Hebrew midwifes to kill all the newborn Hebrew baby boys. When they refused, he gave orders to his soldiers, ‘Throw every son who is born to the Hebrews into the Nile. But keep every daughter alive.’ – Slide 2
Now a man of the family of Levi married a daughter of Levi. She was going to have a baby, and she gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. – Slide 3
But the time came when she could hide him no longer. So she made a basket from reeds, and covered it with tar and put the child in it. – Slide 4
She then floated it in the reeds by the side of the River Nile. – Slide 5
Her daughter Miriam stayed to watch and keep guard over him. – Slide 6
A princess, one of Pharaoh’s daughters, came down to bathe in the river, and as she and her maids were walking along the riverbank, she spied the little boat among the reeds and sent one of the maids to bring it to her. – Slide 7
When she opened it, there was a baby! And he was crying. This touched her heart. ‘He must be one of the Hebrew children!’ she said. – Slide 8
Miriam approached the princess and asked her, ‘Shall I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?’ – Slide 9
‘Yes, do!’ the princess replied. So Miriam rushed home and called her mother! – Slide 10
‘Take this child home and nurse him for me,’ the princess instructed the baby’s mother, ‘and I will pay you well!’ So she took him home and nursed him. – Slide 11
Later, when he was older, she brought him back to the princess and he became her son. She named him Moses (meaning ‘to draw out’) because she had drawn him out of the water. – Slide 12
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