Exodus 2:4
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New International Version
His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

New Living Translation
The baby's sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.

English Standard Version
And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him.

New American Standard Bible
His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.

King James Bible
And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then his sister stood at a distance in order to see what would happen to him.

International Standard Version
Then his sister positioned herself some distance away in order to find out what would happen to him.

NET Bible
His sister stationed herself at a distance to find out what would happen to him.

New Heart English Bible
His sister stood far off, to see what would be done to him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The baby's sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

New American Standard 1977
And his sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And his sister stood afar off to see what would happen to him.

King James 2000 Bible
And his sister stood far off, to know what would be done to him.

American King James Version
And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

American Standard Version
And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His sister standing afar off, and taking notice what would be done.

Darby Bible Translation
And his sister stood afar off to see what would happen to him.

English Revised Version
And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

World English Bible
His sister stood far off, to see what would be done to him.

Young's Literal Translation
and his sister stationeth herself afar off, to know what is done to him.
Study Bible
The Birth of Moses
3But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. 4His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him. 5The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her.…
Cross References
Exodus 15:20
Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took the timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dancing.

Numbers 26:59
The name of Amram's wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt; and she bore to Amram: Aaron and Moses and their sister Miriam.
Treasury of Scripture

And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

Exodus 15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand…

Numbers 12:1-15 And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian …

Numbers 20:1 Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into …

Numbers 26:59 And the name of Amram's wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, …

Micah 6:4 For I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out …

(4) His sister.--Presumably Miriam, the only sister of Moses mentioned elsewhere (Exodus 15:20-21; Numbers 26:59). To have taken the part which is assigned her in this chapter, she must have been a girl of some fourteen or fifteen years of age, and possessed of much quickness and intelligence.

Verse 4. - His sister. There can be no reasonable doubt that this is the "Miriam" of the later narrative (Exodus 15:20, 21; Numbers 20:1), who seems to have been Moses' only sister (Numbers 26:59). She was probably set to watch by her mother. And his sister stood afar off,.... This was Miriam, as the Targum of Jonathan expresses it; who is supposed to be about ten or twelve years of age, others say seven: she was placed (e), as the word may be rendered, by her parents, or, "she placed herself" (f), by their instruction, at some distance from the place where the ark was, that she might not be observed and be thought to belong to it, and yet so near as to observe what became of it, which was the intent of her standing there, as follows:

to wit what would be done to him; to know, take notice, and observe, what should happen to it, if anyone took it up, and what they did with it, and where they carried it, for, "to wit" is an old English word, which signifies "to know", and is the sense of the Hebrew word to which it answers, see 2 Corinthians 8:1.

(e) "collocata fuerat", Vatablus. (f) "Stiterat sese", Junius & Tremellius, "stitit sese", Piscator, Drusius. 4. his sister—Miriam would probably be a girl of ten or twelve years of age at the time.2:1-4 Observe the order of Providence: just at the time when Pharaoh's cruelty rose to its height by ordering the Hebrew children to be drowned, the deliverer was born. When men are contriving the ruin of the church, God is preparing for its salvation. The parents of Moses saw he was a goodly child. A lively faith can take encouragement from the least hint of the Divine favour. It is said, Heb 11:23, that the parents of Moses hid him by faith; they had the promise that Israel should be preserved, which they relied upon. Faith in God's promise quickens to the use of lawful means for obtaining mercy. Duty is ours, events are God's. Faith in God will set us above the fear of man. At three months' end, when they could not hide the infant any longer, they put him in an ark of bulrushes by the river's brink, and set his sister to watch. And if the weak affection of a mother were thus careful, what shall we think of Him, whose love, whose compassion is, as himself, boundless. Moses never had a stronger protection about him, no, not when all the Israelites were round his tent in the wilderness, than now, when he lay alone, a helpless babe upon the waves. No water, no Egyptian can hurt him. When we seem most neglected and forlorn, God is most present with us.
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