Exodus 18:2
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New International Version
After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her

New Living Translation
Earlier, Moses had sent his wife, Zipporah, and his two sons back to Jethro, who had taken them in.

English Standard Version
Now Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had taken Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her home,

New American Standard Bible
Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Moses' wife Zipporah, after he had sent her away,

King James Bible
Then Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, had taken in Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,

International Standard Version
Now Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, had taken back Moses' wife Zipporah after she had been sent away,

NET Bible
Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Moses' wife Zipporah after he had sent her back,

New Heart English Bible
Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, received Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her away,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro had taken her in,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her away,

New American Standard 1977
And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took Moses’ wife Zipporah, after he had sent her away,

Jubilee Bible 2000
then Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,

King James 2000 Bible
Then Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,

American King James Version
Then Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,

American Standard Version
And Jethro, Moses father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses wife, after he had sent her away,

Douay-Rheims Bible
He took Sephora the wife of Moses whom he had sent back:

Darby Bible Translation
And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,

English Revised Version
And Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her away,

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Jethro, Moses's father-in-law, took Zipporah Moses's wife, after he had sent her back,

World English Bible
Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, received Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her away,

Young's Literal Translation
and Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, taketh Zipporah, wife of Moses, besides her parents,
Study Bible
The Visit of Jethro
1Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people, how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Moses' wife Zipporah, after he had sent her away, 3and her two sons, of whom one was named Gershom, for Moses said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land."…
Cross References
Exodus 2:21
Moses was willing to dwell with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses.

Exodus 4:25
Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and threw it at Moses' feet, and she said, "You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me."
Treasury of Scripture

Then Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,

Zipporah

Exodus 2:21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah …

Exodus 4:25,26 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her …

(2)After he had sent her back.--Heb., after her dismissal. The fact had not been previously stated, but is in harmony with the general narrative, which has been absolutely silent concerning Zipporah since Exodus 4:26. Moses had sent Zipporah back to her own relations, either in anger, on account of the scene described in Exodus 4:24-26, or simply that he might not be encumbered with wife and children during the dangers and troubles which he anticipated in Egypt. Jethro assumed that, as the main troubles were now over, he would be glad to have his wife and children restored to him.

(2) He does not simply judge--i.e., decide the particular question brought before him; but he takes the opportunity to educate and instruct the people in delivering his judgments--he "makes them know the statutes of God and His laws"--he expounds principles and teaches morality. Both reasons were clearly of great weight, and constituted strong arguments in favour of his practice.

Verse 2. - After he had sent her back. Literally "after her dismissal." It is curious that the fact of the dismissal had not been previously mentioned, yet is here assumed as known. Some commentators (as Knobel) find, in what is said of Zipporah, the trace of two distinct writers who give two contradictory narratives; but the difficulties and obscurities of the history are sufficiently intelligible, if we hear in mind -

1. That Moses was addressing immediately those who knew the facts; and

2. That he was studious of brevity. Then Jethro, Moses's father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses's wife,.... When he had heard of the above things, he determined to pay Moses a visit, and congratulate him on that account; and he took his daughter, the wife of Moses, along with him, to deliver her to her husband, to share with him in his cares and troubles; as to partake with him of his honours and dignity, so to bear part with him in his burdens, so far as she was capable of:

after he had sent her back: upon his call and mission to Egypt, he took his wife and children with him; but upon an affair which occurred in the inn by the way, he sent them back again to his father-in-law, where they had remained ever since, see Exodus 4:24. Jarchi says this was done at meeting with Aaron his brother, Exodus 4:27, and relates a conversation between them upon it. As that Aaron should say to him, who are these? to which he replied, this is my wife, I married her in Midian, and these are my sons: he further said to him, and where art thou carrying them? he replied, to Egypt; says he, by reason of those who are before there, we are in straits, and thou wilt add unto them; upon which he said to his wife, go back to thy father's house, and she took her sons and went thither. Kimchi (f) observes, that some render the words "after her gifts"; whose sense, according to Aben Ezra, is, after she had sent gifts to her husband; but others more probably interpret it of gifts sent by him to her to engage his father-in-law to let her come to him, as well as to prevail upon her to come; perhaps it may be better rendered, "after her messenger"; that is, either after the messenger sent to her by Moses, to acquaint her and her father of what had been done for him, or after the messenger she sent to him, to let him know that she intended shortly to be with him; though perhaps, after all, nearer to our version and others, it may be rendered, "after her dismissions" (g); the dismission or sending away of her and her sons, as before related; for this is by no means to be interpreted of a divorce of her; after which she was brought again to her husband; for there is no reason to believe that ever anything of that kind had passed, as some have thought (h): the plain case seems to be this, that Moses finding his family would be exposed to danger, or would be too great an incumbrance upon him in the discharge of his great work he had to do in Egypt, sent them back to his father-in-law until a fit opportunity should offer of their coming to him, as now did.

(f) Sepher Shorash. rad. "post dona vel donationes ejus"; so some in Vatablus and Drusius. (g) "post dimissiones ejus", Pagninus, Montanus, Drusius. (h) Vid. Selden. Uxor. Hebr. p. 629. 18:1-6 Jethro came to rejoice with Moses in the happiness of Israel, and to bring his wife and children to him. Moses must have his family with him, that while he ruled the church of God, he might set a good example in family government, 1Ti 3:5.
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