Exodus 2:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Exodus 2:20, NIV: "And where is he?' Reuel asked his daughters. 'Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.'"

Exodus 2:20, ESV: "He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.”"

Exodus 2:20, KJV: "And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread."

Exodus 2:20, NASB: "So he said to his daughters, 'Where is he then? Why is it that you have left the man behind? Invite him to have something to eat.'"

Exodus 2:20, NLT: "'Then where is he?' their father asked. 'Why did you leave him there? Invite him to come and eat with us.'"

Exodus 2:20, CSB: ""So where is he?" he asked his daughters. "Why then did you leave the man behind? Invite him to eat dinner.""

What does Exodus 2:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Reuel asks his daughters two questions regarding Moses. First, Reuel sought to honor or reward Moses for his action, and so he wants to meet him face to face. Second, he asks, why Moses has not been brought back to be properly thanked. In Reuel's mind, this man should have been brought home for a meeting and to receive hospitality from his family. Reuel then commands his daughters to call Moses and offer him a meal. This kind response again foreshadows God's provision to the Jewish people in the wilderness. God would work through Moses to provide bread in the form of manna for forty years in the desert for His people.

In addition, the desire to show hospitality to Moses would result in much more than a meal. Moses would become part of Reuel's family, both through marriage and mission. Moses would become a shepherd in the family, leading a flock on their behalf. This period of training would both foreshadow his future activity as shepherd of the Jewish people and prepare him for the positive and negative aspects of leading a "flock" of people through the desert for forty years.