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Dauntlessly he hews down an Egyptian assailing one of them, and on the morrow tries to appease the wrath of two compatriots who were quarrelling. An act of rustic gallantry there secures for him a home with Raguel, the priest.
He is misunderstood, however, and, when upbraided with the murder of the previous day, he fears his life is in jeopardy. Sephora, one of Raguel's seven daughters, eventually becomes his wife and Gersam his first-born.
Sephora saves her "bloody spouse", and appeases God by circumcising a son. The first interview of the brothers with their compatriots is most encouraging, but not so with the despotic sovereign.
Asked to allow the Hebrews three days' respite for sacrifices in the wilderness, the angry monarch not only refuses, but he ridicules their God, and then effectually embitters the Hebrews' minds against their new chiefs as well as against himself, by denying them the necessary straw for exorbitant daily exactions in brick making.
Diffidence at once gives way to faith and magnanimity.
Moses bids adieu to Jethro (Raguel), and, with his family, starts for Egypt.
His confidence waxes strong, but he is uncircumcised, and God meets him on the way and fain would kill him. In Ex., ii, 10, a derivation from the Hebrew Mashah (to draw) is implied.To deny or to doubt the historic personality of Moses, is to undermine and render unintelligible the subsequent history of the Israelites.For upwards of two months the long procession, much retarded by the flocks, the herds, and the difficulties inseparable from desert travel, wends its way towards Sinai.To move directly on Chanaan would be too hazardous because of the warlike Philistines, whose territory would have to be crossed; whereas, on the south-east, the less formidable Amalacites are the only inimical tribes and are easily overcome thanks to the intercession of Moses.
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In his new surroundings, he was schooled "in all the wisdom of the Egyptians " ( Acts ).