(After Abraham and Sarah had their son Issac, many years passed, and Abraham’s family grew just as God had promised. Long after Abraham had died, there was a severe drought in the land. To provide for his special people from whom Jesus would be born, God allowed them to move to Egypt where there was plenty of food. In Egypt, the family of Abraham, now called the Israelites, continued to grow.)
A new Pharaoh came to power in Egypt where the Israelites were living. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. We must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
So the Egyptians put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, The Israelites built two cities for Pharaoh. The Egyptians made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites because there were so many of them, and worked them ruthlessly.
Then Pharaoh finally gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew (Israelite) boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
Now a man of the Hebrew tribe of Levi was married a Levite woman and she gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
Then the baby’s sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to take care of the baby for you?”
“Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take care of this baby for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and cared for him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
Edited verses and excerpts taken from Exodus 1 & 2:1-10 (NIV)