And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brothers, and looked on their burdens…
"He slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand."
I. Hidden by fallacy. "The Egyptian." He was cruel — unjust; had I not a right to kill him? Moses might reason thus to convince himself. A man must bury sin out of the sight of his own conscience, before he can be happy — by false argument or true.
II. Hidden by folly. "In the sand."
1. Would leave traces of his deed.
2. The dead body would be easily discovered.So all our efforts to bury sin are equally futile. God sees it. He can lead men to its grave. Sin leaves traces. It is better not to be under the necessity of making the soul into a grave, or any spot of life into a tomb. If we do, there will sure to come a resurrection. A man who is going to commit sin, requires to have all his wits about him.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.