Exodus 2:12
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New International Version
Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

New Living Translation
After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand.

English Standard Version
He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

New American Standard Bible
So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

King James Bible
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Looking all around and seeing no one, he struck the Egyptian dead and hid him in the sand.

International Standard Version
Looking around and seeing no one else, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

NET Bible
He looked this way and that and saw that no one was there, and then he attacked the Egyptian and concealed the body in the sand.

New Heart English Bible
He looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no one, he killed the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He looked all around, and when he didn't see anyone, he beat the Egyptian to death and hid the body in the sand.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he smote the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

New American Standard 1977
So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no one, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

King James 2000 Bible
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

American King James Version
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

American Standard Version
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he smote the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he had looked about this way and that way, and saw no one there, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

Darby Bible Translation
And he turned this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he smote the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

English Revised Version
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he smote the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

World English Bible
He looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no one, he killed the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

Young's Literal Translation
and he turneth hither and thither, and seeth that there is no man, and smiteth the Egyptian, and hideth him in the sand.
Study Bible
Moses Kills an Egyptian
11Now it came about in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13He went out the next day, and behold, two Hebrews were fighting with each other; and he said to the offender, "Why are you striking your companion?"…
Cross References
Acts 7:24
And when he saw one of them being wronged, Moses went to his defense and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian who was oppressing him.

Acts 7:25
He assumed his brothers would understand that God was using him to deliver them, but they did not.
Treasury of Scripture

And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

he looked.

Acts 7:24-26 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged …

slew. If the Egyptian killed the Hebrew, Moses only acted agreeably to the divine law in thus slaying the Egyptian; nor did he violate the law of Egypt; for, according to Diodorus Siculus he who saw a man killed, or violently assaulted on the highway, and did not rescue him, if he could, was punished with death. Moses, therefore, in this transaction, acted as a brave and good man; especially as at this time there was little probability of obtaining justice on an Egyptian murderer.

(12) He looked this way and that way.--To see that no one observed him.

He slew the Egyptian.--Jewish commentators gloss over the act, or even eulogise it as patriotic and heroical. But it was clearly the deed of a hasty and undisciplined spirit. The offence did not deserve death, and if it had, Moses had neither legal office nor Divine call, justifying him in making himself an executioner. The result was, that, by his one wrong act, Moses put it out of his power to do anything towards alleviating the sufferings of his brethren for forty years.

Hid him in the sand.--To the east of the Delta the sand creeps up close to the cultivated grounds. There are even patches of it within the Delta itself. Moses naturally remembered that he dug the grave "in the sand." Any other writer would probably have said "in the ground."

Verse 12. - He looked this way and that way. Passion did not so move him as to make him reckless. He looked round to see that he was not observed,, and then, when he saw there was no man, slew the Egyptian. A wrongful act, the outcome of an ardent but undisciplined spirit; not to be placed among the deeds "which history records as noble and magnanimous (Kalisch), but among those which are hasty and regrettable. A warm sympathetic nature, an indignant hatred of wrong-doing, may have lain at the root of the crime, but do not justify it, though they may qualify our condemnation of it. (See the remarks of St. Augustine quoted by Keil and Delitzsch, 'Commentary on the Pentateuch,' vol. 1. p. 451: "I affirm that the man, though criminal and really the offender, ought not to have been put to death by one who had no legal authority to do so. But minds that are capable of virtue often produce vices also, and show thereby for what virtue they would have been best adapted, if they had but been properely trained," etc.) And hid him in the sand. There is abundant "sand" in the "field of Zoan," and in all the more eastern portion of the land of Goshen. (See the 'Quarterly Statement of the Palestine Exploration Fund' for July, 1880, p. 140.) And he looked this way, and that way,.... All around, to observe if there were any within sight who could see what he did; which did not arise from any consciousness of any evil he was about to commit, but for his own preservation, lest if seen he should be accused to Pharaoh, and suffer for it:

and when he saw that there was no man; near at hand, that could see what he did, and be a witness against him:

he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand; in a sandy desert place hard by, where having slain him with his sword, he dug a hole, and put him into it; See Gill on Acts 7:24. Of the slaughter of the Egyptian, and the following controversy about it, Demetrius (g), an Heathen writer, treats of in perfect agreement with the sacred Scriptures.

(g) Apud Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 19. p. 439. 12. he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand—This act of Moses may seem and indeed by some has been condemned as rash and unjustifiable—in plain terms, a deed of assassination. But we must not judge of his action in such a country and age by the standard of law and the notions of right which prevail in our Christian land; and, besides, not only is it not spoken of as a crime in Scripture or as distressing the perpetrator with remorse, but according to existing customs among nomadic tribes, he was bound to avenge the blood of a brother. The person he slew, however, being a government officer, he had rendered himself amenable to the laws of Egypt, and therefore he endeavored to screen himself from the consequences by concealment of the corpse.2:11-15 Moses boldly owned the cause of God's people. It is plain from Heb 11. that this was done in faith, with the full purpose of leaving the honours, wealth, and pleasures of his rank among the Egyptians. By the grace of God he was a partaker of faith in Christ, which overcomes the world. He was willing, not only to risk all, but to suffer for his sake; being assured that Israel were the people of God. By special warrant from Heaven, which makes no rule for other cases, Moses slew an Egyptian, and rescued an oppressed Israelites. Also, he tried to end a dispute between two Hebrews. The reproof Moses gave, may still be of use. May we not apply it to disputants, who, by their fierce debates, divide and weaken the Christian church? They forget that they are brethren. He that did wrong quarreled with Moses. It is a sign of guilt to be angry at reproof. Men know not what they do, nor what enemies they are to themselves, when they resist and despise faithful reproofs and reprovers. Moses might have said, if this be the spirit of the Hebrews, I will go to court again, and be the son of Pharaoh's daughter. But we must take heed of being set against the ways and people of God, by the follies and peevishness of some persons that profess religion. Moses was obliged to flee into the land of Midian. God ordered this for wise and holy ends.
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