Exodus 18:2
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,

Berean Study Bible
After Moses had sent back his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro had received her,

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

New King James Version
Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her back,

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

NASB 1995
Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Moses' wife Zipporah, after he had sent her away,

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

Amplified Bible
Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took Moses’ wife Zipporah, after he had sent her away [from Egypt],

Christian Standard Bible
Now Jethro, Moses’s father-in-law, had taken in Zipporah, Moses’s 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,

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yethrown, Father in Law of Moshe, took Tsephora his daughter, the wife of Moshe, after he released her,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Jothor the father-in-law of Moses, took Sepphora the wife of Moses after she had been sent away,

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

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

Good News Translation
So he came to Moses, bringing with him Moses' wife Zipporah, who had been left behind,

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
and Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, takes Zipporah, wife of Moses, after her parting,

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,

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Visit of Jethro
1Now Moses’ father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, heard about all that God had done for Moses and His people Israel, and how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2After Moses had sent back his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro had received her, 3along with her two sons. One son was named Gershom, for Moses had said, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.”…

Cross References
Exodus 2:21
Moses agreed to stay with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.

Exodus 4:25
But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son's foreskin, and touched it to Moses' feet. "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me," she said.


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 his daughter.

Exodus 4:25,26
Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me…









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
After
אַחַ֖ר (’a·ḥar)
Adverb
Strong's 310: The hind or following part

Moses
מֹשֶׁ֑ה (mō·šeh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 4872: Moses -- a great Israelite leader, prophet and lawgiver

had sent back
שִׁלּוּחֶֽיהָ׃ (šil·lū·ḥe·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 7964: A sending away, parting gift

his wife
אֵ֣שֶׁת (’ê·šeṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 802: Woman, wife, female

Zipporah,
צִפֹּרָ֖ה (ṣip·pō·rāh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 6855: Zipporah -- 'bird', Moses' wife

[his]
מֹשֶׁ֔ה (mō·šeh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 4872: Moses -- a great Israelite leader, prophet and lawgiver

father-in-law
חֹתֵ֣ן (ḥō·ṯên)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2859: To give, away in marriage, to contract affinity by marriage

Jethro
יִתְרוֹ֙ (yiṯ·rōw)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3503: Jethro -- Moses' father-in-law

had taken her in,
וַיִּקַּ֗ח (way·yiq·qaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3947: To take


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