Exodus 2:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Exodus 2:19, NIV: "They answered, 'An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.'"

Exodus 2:19, ESV: "They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.”"

Exodus 2:19, KJV: "And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock."

Exodus 2:19, NASB: "They said, 'An Egyptian saved us from the shepherds, and what is more, he even drew water for us and watered the flock.'"

Exodus 2:19, NLT: "'An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds,' they answered. 'And then he drew water for us and watered our flocks.'"

Exodus 2:19, CSB: "They answered, "An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.""

What does Exodus 2:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

It's worth noting that the daughters of Reuel refer to Moses as "an Egyptian." Moses, in fact, is a Hebrew (Exodus 2:1–10). This perception makes sense, however, since Moses would have dressed and probably spoken like an Egyptian from the perspective of these seven women. Even more interestingly, Moses "delivered" them from mistreatment and helped water their sheep. This act would foreshadow the role of Moses with the Jewish people. Moses would help deliver the Jews from mistreatment in Egypt. This deliverance would then lead to shepherding; first, Moses as a shepherd in Midian, and later as the leader of the nation of Israel.

Another unique aspect of this verse is the connection of the term "drew water" with the naming of Moses in Exodus 2:10. The Hebrew Mosheh sounds like the Hebrew word for "drew out," and Moses was "drawn out" of the water of the Nile River. Now Moses draws out water for sheep in an act of justice for others. Decades later, Moses will once again be involved in a miraculous act involving water as he parts the Red Sea so the Jewish people can escape from their enemies (Exodus 14).