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Exodus 2:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took [to wife] a daughter of Levi.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And there went a man of the house of Levi, and married a daughter of Levi.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And a man of the house of Levi went and took a daughter of Levi.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And there went a man of the house of Levi,—and took a daughter of Levi.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And there goeth a man of the house of Levi, and he taketh the daughter of Levi,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— After this there went a man of the house of Levi; and took a wife of his own kindred.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And there went a man of the house of Leui, & tooke [to wife] a daughter of Leui.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And there was a certain man of the tribe of Levi, who took to wife one of the daughters of Levi.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And there went a man of the house of Lewi, and took [to wife] a daughter of Lewi.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And there went y3212
[3212] Standard
A primitive root (compare H1980); to walk (literally or figuratively); causatively to carry (in various senses).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
(1980) Complement
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
a man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
of the house 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
of Lw לֵוִי, 3878
{3878} Prime
From H3867; attached; Levi, a son of Jacob.
and took 3947
{3947} Prime
A primitive root; to take (in the widest variety of applications).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
[to wife] a x853
(0853) Complement
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
daughter 1323
{1323} Prime
From H1129 (as feminine of H1121); a daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively).
of Lw לֵוִי. 3878
{3878} Prime
From H3867; attached; Levi, a son of Jacob.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Exodus 2:1

_ _ Exodus 2:1-10. Birth and preservation of Moses.

_ _ there went a man of the house of Levi, etc. — Amram was the husband and Jochebed the wife (compare Exodus 6:2; Numbers 26:59). The marriage took place, and two children, Miriam and Aaron, were born some years before the infanticidal edict.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Exodus 2:1-4

_ _ Moses was a Levite, both by father and mother. Jacob left Levi under marks of disgrace (Genesis 49:5); and yet, soon after, Moses appears a descendant from him, that he might typify Christ, who came in the likeness of sinful flesh and was made a curse for us. This tribe began to be distinguished from the rest by the birth of Moses, as afterwards it became remarkable in many other instances. Observe, concerning this newborn infant,

_ _ I. How he was hidden. It seems to have been just at the time of his birth that the cruel law was made for the murder of all the male children of the Hebrews; and many, no doubt, perished by the execution of it. The parents of Moses had Miriam and Aaron, both older than he, born to them before this edict came out, and had nursed them without that peril: but those that begin the world in peace know not what troubles they may meet with before they have got through it. Probably the mother of Moses was full of anxiety in the expectation of his birth, now that this edict was in force, and was ready to say, Blessed are the barren that never bore, Luke 23:29. Better so than bring forth children to the murderer, Hosea 9:13. Yet this child proves the glory of his father's house. Thus that which is most our fear often proves, in the issue, most our joy. Observe the beauty of providence: just at the time when Pharaoh's cruelty rose to this height the deliverer was born, though he did not appear for many years after. Note, When men are projecting the church's ruin God is preparing for its salvation. Moses, who was afterwards to bring Israel out of this house of bondage, was himself in danger of falling a sacrifice to the fury of the oppressor, God so ordering it that, being afterwards told of this, he might be the more animated with a holy zeal for the deliverance of his brethren out of the hands of such bloody men. 1. His parents observed him to be a goodly child, more than ordinarily beautiful; he was fair to God, Acts 7:20. They fancied he had a lustre in his countenance that was something more than human, and was a specimen of the shining of his face afterwards, Exodus 34:29. Note, God sometimes gives early earnests of his gifts, and manifests himself betimes in those for whom and by whom he designs to do great things. Thus he put an early strength into Samson (Judges 13:24, Judges 13:25), an early forwardness into Samuel (1 Samuel 2:18), wrought an early deliverance for David (1 Samuel 17:37), and began betimes with Timothy, 1 Timothy 3:15. 2. Therefore they were the more solicitous for his preservation, because they looked upon this as an indication of some kind purpose of God concerning him, and a happy omen of something great. Note, A lively active faith can take encouragement from the least intimation of the divine favour; a merciful hint of Providence will encourage those whose spirits make diligent search, Three months they hid him in some private apartment of their own house, though probably with the hazard of their own lives, had he been discovered. Herein Moses was a type of Christ, who, in his infancy, was forced to abscond, and in Egypt too (Matthew 2:13), and was wonderfully preserved, when many innocents were butchered. It is said (Hebrews 11:23) that the parents of Moses hid him by faith; some think they had a special revelation to them that the deliverer should spring from their loins; however they had the general promise of Israel's preservation, which they acted faith upon, and in that faith hid their child, not being afraid of the penalty annexed to the king's commandment. Note, Faith in God's promise is so far from superseding that it rather excites and quickens to the use of lawful means for the obtaining of mercy. Duty is ours, events are God's. Again, Faith in God will set us above the ensnaring fear of man.

_ _ II. How he was exposed. At three months' end, probably when the searchers came about to look for concealed children, so that they could not hide him any longer (their faith perhaps beginning now to fail), they put him in an ark of bulrushes by the river's brink (Exodus 2:3), and set his little sister at some distance to watch what would become of him, and into whose hands he would fall, Exodus 2:4. God put it into their hearts to do this, to bring about his own purposes, that Moses might by this means be brought into the hands of Pharaoh's daughter, and that by his deliverance from this imminent danger a specimen might be given of the deliverance of God's church, which now lay thus exposed. Note, 1. God takes special care of the outcasts of Israel (Psalms 147:2); they are his outcasts, Isaiah 16:4. Moses seemed quite abandoned by his friends; his own mother durst not own him: but now the Lord took him up and protected him, Psalms 27:10. 2. In times of extreme difficulty it is good to venture upon the providence of God. Thus to have exposed their child while they might have preserved it, would have been to tempt Providence; but, when they could not, it was to trust to Providence. “Nothing venture, nothing win.” If I perish, I perish.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Exodus 2:1

And there went a man — Amram, from the place of his abode to another place. A daughter — That is, grand — daughter of Levi.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Exodus 2:1

And there went a (a) man of the house of Levi, and took [to wife] a daughter of Levi.

(a) This Levite was called Amram, who married Jochebed in (Exodus 6:20).

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
am 2432, bc 1572

of the house:

Exodus 6:16-20 And these [are] the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari: and the years of the life of Levi [were] an hundred thirty and seven years. ... And Amram took him Jochebed his father's sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram [were] an hundred and thirty and seven years.
Numbers 26:59 And the name of Amram's wife [was] Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, whom [her mother] bare to Levi in Egypt: and she bare unto Amram Aaron and Moses, and Miriam their sister.
1 Chronicles 6:1-3 The sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. ... And the children of Amram; Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam. The sons also of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
1 Chronicles 23:12-14 The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four. ... Now [concerning] Moses the man of God, his sons were named of the tribe of Levi.
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Ex 6:16. Nu 26:59. 1Ch 6:1; 23:12.

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