71 MOSHE SLAYS AN EGYPTIAN
Moshe slays an Egyptian and being Discovered flees from Egypt. Aaron Prophecies.
1 And when Mosheh was eighteen years old, he desired to see his father and mother and he went to them to Goshen, and when Mosheh had come near Goshen, he came to the place where the children of Yisrael were engaged in work, and he observed their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian smiting one of his Hebrew brethren.
2 And when the man who was beaten saw Mosheh he ran to him for help, for the man Mosheh was greatly respected in the house of Pharaoh, and he said to him, My lord attend to me, this Egyptian came to my house in the night, bound me, and came to my wife in my presence, and now he seeks to take my life away.
3 And when Mosheh heard this wicked thing, his anger was kindled against the Egyptian, and he turned this way and the other, and when he saw there was no man there he smote the Egyptian and hid him in the sand, and delivered the Hebrew from the hand of him that smote him.
4 And the Hebrew went to his house, and Mosheh returned to his home, and went forth and came back to the king's house.
5 And when the man had returned home, he thought of repudiating his wife, for it was not right in the house of Yacob, for any man to come to his wife after she had been defiled.
6 And the woman went and told her brothers, and the woman's brothers sought to slay him, and he fled to his house and escaped.
7 And on the second day Mosheh went forth to his brethren, and saw, and behold two men were quarreling, and he said to the wicked one, Why did you smite your neighbor?
8 And he answered him and said to him, Who has set you for a prince and judge over us? did you think to slay me as you did slay the Egyptian? and Mosheh was afraid and he said, Surely the thing is known?
9 And Pharaoh heard of this affair, and he ordered Mosheh to be slain, so YAHWEH sent his heavenly messenger, and he appeared unto Pharaoh in the likeness of a captain of the guard.
10 And the heavenly messenger of YAHWEH took the sword from the hand of the captain of the guard, and took his head off with it, for the likeness of the captain of the guard was turned into the likeness of Mosheh.
11 And the heavenly messenger of YAHWEH took hold of the right hand of Mosheh, and brought him forth from Egypt, and placed him from without the borders of Egypt, a distance of forty days' journey.
12 And Aaron his brother alone remained in the land of Egypt, and he prophesied to the children of Yisrael, saying,
13 Thus says YAHWEH the Elohim of your ancestors, Throw away, each man, the abominations of his eyes, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt.
14 And the children of Yisrael rebelled and would not hearken to Aaron at that time.
15 And YAHWEH thought to destroy them, were it not that YAHWEH remembered the covenant which he had made with Abraham, Isaac and Yacob.
16 In those days the hand of Pharaoh continued to be severe against the children of Yisrael, and he crushed and oppressed them until the time when YAHWEH sent forth his word and took notice of them.