Exodus 2:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Exodus 2:5, NIV: "Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it."

Exodus 2:5, ESV: "Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it."

Exodus 2:5, KJV: "And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it."

Exodus 2:5, NASB: "Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her female attendants walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave woman, and she brought it to her."

Exodus 2:5, NLT: "Soon Pharaoh's daughter came down to bathe in the river, and her attendants walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it for her."

Exodus 2:5, CSB: "Pharaoh's daughter went down to bathe at the Nile while her servant girls walked along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds, sent her slave girl, took it,"

What does Exodus 2:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse introduces the daughter of Pharaoh. Her identity is uncertain, though there are possible candidates to fit this description. One is Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmose I. She would have been the appropriate age at the time of Moses' birth. Her historical account also portrays her as a kind princess who could fit the description found in this biblical passage. Another possibility is Sobekneferu, the daughter of Amenemhat III. Amenemhat had no surviving sons, and Sobekneferu had no children, making her all the more likely to adopt a child. Whoever this daughter was, her attitude is clearly much different than her father. He had commanded all infant sons to be thrown into the Nile River to die. She would find a newborn son and raise him as her own.

This daughter of Pharaoh comes to the Nile to bathe, something not uncommon in her time. Her servant girls would have been present. Moses' mother also likely knew the location. She probably placed Moses there in hopes he would be cared for by this woman or one of the other women who bathed there. Though this verse says Pharaoh's daughter "saw the basket" and had a servant get it, the next verse shows she may have initially noticed Moses due to his crying (Exodus 2:6).