Exodus 2:21
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New International Version
Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.

New Living Translation
Moses accepted the invitation, and he settled there with him. In time, Reuel gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife.

English Standard Version
And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah.

New American Standard Bible
Moses was willing to dwell with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses.

King James Bible
And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Moses agreed to stay with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.

International Standard Version
Moses agreed to stay with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.

NET Bible
Moses agreed to stay with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.

New Heart English Bible
And Moses was content to dwell with the man. And he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter in marriage.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Moses decided to stay with the man. So Reuel gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses as his wife.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Moses was content to dwell with the man; and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

New American Standard 1977
And Moses was willing to dwell with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Moses was content to dwell with the man; and he gave Moses Zipporah, his daughter.

King James 2000 Bible
And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

American King James Version
And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

American Standard Version
And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Moses swore that he would dwell with him. And he took Sephora his daughter to wife:

Darby Bible Translation
And Moses consented to remain with the man; and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

English Revised Version
And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

World English Bible
Moses was content to dwell with the man. He gave Moses Zipporah, his daughter.

Young's Literal Translation
And Moses is willing to dwell with the man, and he giveth Zipporah his daughter to Moses,
Study Bible
Moses Flees to Midian
20He said to his daughters, "Where is he then? Why is it that you have left the man behind? Invite him to have something to eat." 21Moses was willing to dwell with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses. 22Then she gave birth to a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land."…
Cross References
Acts 7:29
At this remark, Moses fled to the land of Midian, where he lived as a foreigner and had two sons.

Exodus 2:20
He said to his daughters, "Where is he then? Why is it that you have left the man behind? Invite him to have something to eat."

Exodus 4:18
Then Moses departed and returned to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, "Please, let me go, that I may return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see if they are still alive." And Jethro said to Moses, "Go in peace."

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."

Exodus 18:2
Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Moses' wife Zipporah, after he had sent her away,

Numbers 12:1
Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman);
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Zipporah.

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(21) Moses was content to dwell with the man.--Reuel must have been so pleased with the manner and appearance of Moses that he invited him to take service with him--perhaps to share his tent. Moses consented, and in course of time took to wife Zipporah, one of Reuel's daughters. Marriage with the Midianites was allowed, even under the Law. It has been conjectured that Reuel might have communicated to Moses traditions, or even documents concerning their common ancestor, Abraham, and his family. But there is nothing to indicate the use of letters at this early date by the Midianites.

Verse 21. - Moses was content to dwell with the man. Moses had fled from Egypt without any definite plan, simply to save his life, and had now to determine how he would obtain a subsistence. Received into Reuel's house, or tent, pleased with the man and with his family, he consented to stay with him, probably entered into his service, as Jacob into Laban's (Genesis 29:15-20), kept his sheep, or otherwise made himself useful (see Exodus 3:1); and in course of time Reuel gave Moses his daughter, accepted him for his son-in-law, so that he became not merely a member of his household, but of his family, was adopted probably into the tribe, so that he could not quit it without permission (Exodus 4:18), and, so far as his own intention went, cast in his lot with the Midianites, with whom he meant henceforth to live and die. Such vague ideas as he may previously have entertained of his "mission" had passed away; he had been "disillusioned" by his ill-success, and now looked forward to nothing but a life of peaceful obscurity. And Moses was content to dwell with the man,.... After he had been called and brought into the house, and had had some refreshment, and after some conversation had passed between them, and perhaps after some days' stay in Reuel's house; Reuel having observed his disposition and behaviour, and being delighted therewith, proposed to him to take up his residence with him, with which motion Moses was well pleased, and accepted of it:

and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter; to be his wife. It is not to be supposed that this was done directly; though both Philo (u) and Josephus (w) intimate as if it was done at first meeting together; but it is not likely that Reuel would dispose of his daughter so suddenly to a stranger, though he might at once entertain an high opinion of him; nor would Moses marry a woman directly he had so slender an acquaintance with, so little knowledge of her disposition, endowments of mind and religion. The Targum of Jonathan says it was at the end of ten years; and indeed forty years after this a son of his seems to have been young, having not till then been circumcised, Exodus 4:22. The author of the Life of Moses says (x), that he was seventy seven years of age when he married Zipporah, which was but three years before he returned to Egypt. This circumstance of Moses's marrying Reuel's daughter is confirmed by Artapanus (y) an Heathen historian; and also by Demetrius (z), and expressly calls her Sapphora, who he says was a daughter of Jother or Jethro; and likewise by Ezekiel the tragedian (a).

(u) De Vita Mosis, l. 1. p. 611. (w) Antiqu. l. 2. c. 11. sect. 2.((x) Chronicon Mosis, fol. 9. 1.((y) Apud Euseb. Evangel. Praepar. l. 9. c. 27. p. 434. (z) Ib. c. 29. p. 439. (a) lb. c. 28. 2:16-22 Moses found shelter in Midian. He was ready to help Reuel's daughters to water their flocks, although bred in learning and at court. Moses loved to be doing justice, and to act in defence of such as he saw injured, which every man ought to do, as far as it is in his power. He loved to be doing good; wherever the providence of God casts us, we should desire and try to be useful; and when we cannot do the good we would, we must be ready to do the good we can. Moses commended himself to the prince of Midian; who married one of his daughters to Moses, by whom he had a son, called Gershom, a stranger there, that he might keep in remembrance the land in which he had been a stranger.
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