Acts 7:20
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New International Version
"At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family.

New Living Translation
"At that time Moses was born--a beautiful child in God's eyes. His parents cared for him at home for three months.

English Standard Version
At this time Moses was born; and he was beautiful in God’s sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father’s house,

Berean Study Bible
At that time Moses was born, and he was beautiful in the sight of God. For three months he was nurtured in his father's house.

Berean Literal Bible
In that time Moses was born, and he was beautiful to God, who was brought up three months in his father's house.

New American Standard Bible
"It was at this time that Moses was born; and he was lovely in the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father's home.

King James Bible
In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At this time Moses was born, and he was beautiful in God's sight. He was cared for in his father's home three months,

International Standard Version
"At this time Moses was born. He was beautiful in the sight of God, and for three months he was cared for in his father's house.

NET Bible
At that time Moses was born, and he was beautiful to God. For three months he was brought up in his father's house,

New Heart English Bible
At that time Moses was born, and was exceedingly handsome. He was nourished three months in his father's house.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
At that time Moses was born, and was dear to God and was raised three months in his father's house.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"At that time Moses was born, and he was a very beautiful child. His parents took care of him for three months.

New American Standard 1977
“And it was at this time that Moses was born; and he was lovely in the sight of God; and he was nurtured three months in his father’s home.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In which time Moses was born and was beautiful to God and was nourished in his father's house three months;

King James 2000 Bible
In which time Moses was born, and was exceedingly fair, and was nourished in his father's house three months:

American King James Version
In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months:

American Standard Version
At which season Moses was born, and was exceeding fair; and he was nourished three months in his father's house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
At the same time was Moses born, and he was acceptable to God: who was nourished three months in his father's house.

Darby Bible Translation
In which time Moses was born, and was exceedingly lovely, who was nourished three months in the house of his father.

English Revised Version
At which season Moses was born, and was exceeding fair; and he was nourished three months in his father's house:

Webster's Bible Translation
In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished in his father's house three months:

Weymouth New Testament
At this time Moses was born--a wonderfully beautiful child; and for three months he was cared for in his father's house.

World English Bible
At that time Moses was born, and was exceedingly handsome. He was nourished three months in his father's house.

Young's Literal Translation
in which time Moses was born, and he was fair to God, and he was brought up three months in the house of his father;
Study Bible
Stephen's Address to the Sanhedrin
19He exploited our people and oppressed our fathers, forcing them to abandon their infants so they would die. 20At that time Moses was born, and he was beautiful in the sight of God. For three months he was nurtured in his father’s house. 21When he was set outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son.…
Cross References
Exodus 2:2
The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months.

1 Samuel 16:12
So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is he."

Hebrews 11:23
By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after his birth, because they saw he was a beautiful child, and they were unafraid of the king's edict.
Treasury of Scripture

In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months:

Moses.

Exodus 2:2-10 And the woman conceived, and bore a son: and when she saw him that …

and was.

1 Samuel 16:12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and with of a …

Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, …

exceeding fair. or, fair to God.

(20) Exceeding fair.--Literally, as in the margin, fair to God. The adjective is found in the LXX. of Exodus 2:2, as applied to Moses. The special idiom for expressing pre-eminent excellence is itself essentially Hebrew, the highest goodness being thought of as that which approves itself as good to God; but this also had become familiar to Hellenistic Jews through the LXX. version, as, e.g., in Jonah 3:3, a city "great to God" = an exceeding great city. St. Paul's "mighty to God" (2Corinthians 10:4) is probably an example of the same idiom. Josephus, following probably some old tradition (Ant i. 9, 6), describes the beauty of the infant Moses as such that those who met him turned to gaze in admiration.

Verse 20. - At which season for in which time, A.V.; he was nourished three months in his father's house for nourished up in his father's house three months, A.V. Exceeding fair (ἀστεῖος τῷ Θεῷ). In Exodus 2:2 it is simply ἀστεῖος, "a goodly child," A.V., and so in Hebrews 11:23, rendered "a goodly child," "a proper child," A.V. Josephus ('Ant. Jud.,' 2. 9:5, 7) describes Pharaoh's daughter as captivated by the size and beauty of the child, and as speaking of him to Pharaoh as of Divine beauty. And Justin (quoted by Whitby) says that the beauty of his person was greatly in his favor. In which time Moses was born,.... The word Moses, is differently written in the New Testament; sometimes Moses, as here, sometimes Mo-yses, as in Acts 7:35 sometimes Mo-yseus, as in Acts 15:1 and sometimes Moseus, as in Romans 5:14. He had his name from the Hebrew word, which signifies "to draw", Psalm 18:16 according to the reason of it given by Pharaoh's daughter,

she called his name Moses; and she said, because I drew him out of the water, Exodus 2:10 Though Josephus (i), Philo (k), and others (l), make it to be an Egyptian name; the former of which serves, that the Egyptians call water "Mo", and "yses", such who are saved from water; wherefore compounding the name of both, they gave it to him: though according to Aben Ezra (m), his name in the Egyptian language was Monios; his words are these,

"the name of Moses is interpreted out of the Egyptian language into the Hebrew language, for his name in the Egyptian language was Monios; and so it is written in a book of agriculture, translated out of the Egyptian language into the Arabic, and also in the books of some Greek writers.''

Moses had many names, as a Jewish chronologer observes (n);

"Pharaoh's daughter called his name Moses; his father called him Chabar, or Heber; his mother called him Jekuthiel; and his sister called him Jether (perhaps Jared, since this was one of his names); and his brethren called him Abizanoah; and Kohath called him Abi Socos; and the Israelites called him Shemaiah ben Nathaneel, and sometimes Tobiah, sometimes Shemaiah, and sometimes Sopher; but the Egyptians called him Monios.''

For "Mo", in the Egyptian language, signifies "water", and "Ni" is "out"; and so both together signify, "out of the water", which agrees with the Hebrew etymology of his name. Now he was born at the time that orders were given by Pharaoh to cast all the male children of the Israelites into the rivers, to drown them; Moses was born, whose parents were Amram and Jochebed, of the tribe of Levi; he was born, according to the Jews (o), on the seventh day of Adar, or February:

and was exceeding fair; or "fair to God"; divinely fair and beautiful; and so Pharaoh's daughter, acccording to Josephus, said to her father, that she had brought up a child that was (p) "in form divine": and so the Jews say (q), that his form was as an angel of God; or he was fair in the sight of God, as the Ethiopic version; the Syriac version renders it, "he was dear to God"; and the Vulgate Latin version, grateful to God; was well-pleasing to him, in whom he delighted, having designed to do great things by him: or "fair by God": he had a peculiar beauty put upon him by God; partly to engage his parents the more to seek the preservation of him; and partly to engage the affection of Pharaoh's daughter to him, when she should see him. Justin the historian (r) makes mention of his extraordinary beauty, for which he was praised; but very wrongly makes him to be the son of Joseph; and the account Josephus gives of it, is very remarkable (s);

"as to beauty, says he, no man could be so out of love with it, as to see the goodly form of Moses, and not be amazed; it happened to many who met him, as he was carried along the way, that they would turn back at the sight of the child, and neglect their business, to indulge themselves with the sight of him; for such was the loveliness of the child, that it detained those that saw him.''

The Arabic version renders it, he "was consecrated by a vow to God"; but of this we have no account: the Jews say (t), that

"the Spirit of God came upon Miriam, and she prophesied; saying, behold a son shall be born to my father and to my mother at this time, who shall save Israel out of the hand of the Egyptians--and it is further said, that at the time of his birth, the whole house was filled with a great light, as the light of the sun and moon;''

upon which they had raised expectations of him: though this phrase, "fair to God", may be only an Hebraism, just as Niniveh is said to be a city "great to God", i.e. exceeding great, Jonah 3:3 it being usual with the Jews to join the word God to an adjective, to express the superlative degree; and so it is rightly rendered here, "exceeding fair: and nourished up in his father's house three months"; so long he was hid by his mother there, which was a great instance of her faith; see Exodus 2:2. The reason why he was kept no longer there was, because as the Jews say (u), the three months after Jochebed was delivered of a son, the thing was known in the house of Pharaoh, wherefore she could hide him no longer.

(i) Antiqu. l. 2. c. 9, sect. 6. (k) De Vita Mosis, l. 1. p. 605. (l) Clement. Alexandrin. Stromat, l. 1. p. 343. (m) Comment. in Exod. ii. 10. (n) Shalshalet Hakabala, fol. 5. 2. Vid. Targum in 1 Chron. 18 Vajikra Rabba, sect. 1. fol. 146. 3.((o) T. Bab. Kiddushin, fol. 38. 1. Shemot Rabba, sect. 1. fol. 91. 2. Targum Jon in Deuteronomy 33.5. (p) Antiqu. l. 2. c. 9. sect. 7. (q) Pirke Eliezer, c. 48. (r) L. 36. c. 2.((s) Antiqu. l. 2. c. 9. sect. 6. Vid. Shemot Rabba, sect. 1. fol. 91. 3.((t) Heb. Chronicon Mosis, fol. 3. 1. Jarchi in Exod. ii. 2. Shemot Rabba, sect. 1. fol. 91. 1.((u) Ib. Colossians 2. 20-22. In which time—of deepest depression.

Moses was born—the destined deliverer.

exceeding fair—literally, "fair to God" (Margin), or, perhaps, divinely "fair" (see on [1960]Heb 11:23).7:17-29 Let us not be discouraged at the slowness of the fulfilling of God's promises. Suffering times often are growing times with the church. God is preparing for his people's deliverance, when their day is darkest, and their distress deepest. Moses was exceeding fair, fair toward God; it is the beauty of holiness which is in God's sight of great price. He was wonderfully preserved in his infancy; for God will take special care of those of whom he designs to make special use. And did he thus protect the child Moses? Much more will he secure the interests of his holy child Jesus, from the enemies who are gathered together against him. They persecuted Stephen for disputing in defence of Christ and his gospel: in opposition to these they set up Moses and his law. They may understand, if they do not wilfully shut their eyes against the light, that God will, by this Jesus, deliver them out of a worse slavery than that of Egypt. Although men prolong their own miseries, yet the Lord will take care of his servants, and effect his own designs of mercy.
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