Exodus 2:17
New International Version
Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

New Living Translation
But some other shepherds came and chased them away. So Moses jumped up and rescued the girls from the shepherds. Then he drew water for their flocks.

English Standard Version
The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and watered their flock.

Berean Study Bible
And when some shepherds came along and drove them away, Moses stood up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

New American Standard Bible
Then the shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and helped them and watered their flock.

New King James Version
Then the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

King James Bible
And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

Christian Standard Bible
Then some shepherds arrived and drove them away, but Moses came to their rescue and watered their flock.

Contemporary English Version
Some shepherds tried to chase them away, but Moses came to their rescue and watered their animals.

Good News Translation
But some shepherds drove Jethro's daughters away. Then Moses went to their rescue and watered their animals for them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then some shepherds arrived and drove them away, but Moses came to their rescue and watered their flock.

International Standard Version
Some shepherds came to drive them away, but Moses got up, came to their rescue, and watered their sheep.

NET Bible
When some shepherds came and drove them away, Moses came up and defended them and then watered their flock.

New Heart English Bible
The shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and drew water for them, and watered their flock.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But some shepherds came and chased them away. So Moses got up, came to their defense, and then watered their sheep.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

New American Standard 1977
Then the shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the pastors came and drove them away. Then Moses stood up and defended them and watered their sheep.

King James 2000 Bible
And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

American King James Version
And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

American Standard Version
And the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the shepherds came, and were driving them away; and Moses rose up and rescued them, and drew water for them, and watered their sheep.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the shepherds came and drove them away: and Moses arose, and defending the maids, watered their sheep.

Darby Bible Translation
And the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses rose and helped them, and watered their flock.

English Revised Version
And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

World English Bible
The shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

Young's Literal Translation
and the shepherds come and drive them away, and Moses ariseth, and saveth them, and watereth their flock.
Study Bible
Moses Flees to Midian
16Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17And when some shepherds came along and drove them away, Moses stood up and came to their rescue and watered their flock. 18When the daughters returned to their father Reuel, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”…
Cross References
Genesis 29:3
When all the flocks had been gathered there, the shepherds would roll away the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

Genesis 29:10
As soon as Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his mother's brother Laban, with Laban's sheep, he went up and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle's sheep.

Treasury of Scripture

And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

shepherds.

Genesis 21:25
And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

Genesis 26:15-22
For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth…

watered.

Exodus 2:12
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.

Genesis 29:10
And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.







Lexicon
And when some shepherds
הָרֹעִ֖ים (hā·rō·‘îm)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

came along
וַיָּבֹ֥אוּ (way·yā·ḇō·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

and drove them away,
וַיְגָרְשׁ֑וּם (way·ḡā·rə·šūm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1644: To drive out from a, possession, to expatriate, divorce

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

stood up
וַיָּ֤קָם (way·yā·qām)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

and came to their rescue
וַיּ֣וֹשִׁעָ֔ן (way·yō·wō·ši·‘ān)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3467: To be open, wide, free, to be safe, to free, succor

and watered
וַיַּ֖שְׁקְ (way·yašq)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8248: To quaff, to irrigate, furnish a, potion to

their flock.
צֹאנָֽם׃ (ṣō·nām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock
(17) The shepherds came.--Those of the neighbourhood. The rule of the desert is that those who come to a well take their turns in the use of the water in the order of their arrival. But these rude shepherds declined to wait for their turn. It appears later on, by the question of Reuel, "How is it that ye are come so soon to-day?" that this rude and unfair conduct of the shepherds was habitual.

Moses stood up and helped them.--Moses is again the champion of the oppressed, but has learnt wisdom by the past, and uses no unnecessary violence. His air and manner intimidated the wrong-doers, and they allowed the maidens sheep to be watered first.

Verse 17. - The shepherds came and drove them away. There is not much "natural politeness" among primitive peoples. The right of the stronger prevails, and women go to the wall. Even the daughters of their priest were not respected by these rude sons of the desert, who would not wait their turn, but used the water which Reners daughters had drawn. The context shows that this was not an accidental or occasional circumstance, but the regular practice of the shepherds, who thus day after day saved themselves the trouble of drawing. (See the next verse.) Moses stood up and helped them. Ever ready to assist the weak against the strong (supra, vers. 12, 13), Moses "stood up" - sprang to his feet - and, though only one man against a dozen or a score, by his determined air intimidated the crowd of wrong-doers, and forced them to let the maidens' sheep drink at the troughs. His dress was probably that of an Egyptian of rank; and they might reasonably conclude from his boldness that he had attendants within call. 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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