Exodus 2:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Exodus 2:4, NIV: "His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him."

Exodus 2:4, ESV: "And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him."

Exodus 2:4, KJV: "And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him."

Exodus 2:4, NASB: "And his sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him."

Exodus 2:4, NLT: "The baby's sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him."

Exodus 2:4, CSB: "Then his sister stood at a distance in order to see what would happen to him."

What does Exodus 2:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Moses' sister is introduced in this verse. She was clearly mature enough to speak with Pharaoh's daughter (Exodus 2:7). We later discover this sister is Miriam, a woman who plays an important part in the history of Israel and the Exodus. Even as a child, her courage would lead to saving the life of Moses and keeping their mother involved in his young life.

Miriam is next mentioned in Exodus 15:20–21 where she leads the women in dancing and singing with tambourines. She later opposes Moses' leadership and briefly experiences leprosy (Numbers 12; Deuteronomy 24:9). She would much later die and be buried during the wilderness journey in the wilderness of Zin at Kadesh (Numbers 20:1). Micah 6:4 remembers Miriam as being among those sent by God to bring up God's people and redeem them from the house of slavery. Without Miriam, the early life of Moses would have been much different. Even in her old age, likely in her 90s, she rejoiced at the miracle at the Red Sea and led others in worship of the Lord (Exodus 15:20–21).