Note: the first structure hinges on Miriam staying around to find out what happened to her brother. Because of this and her courage Moses was nursed by his real mother, the centre of the second pattern, and thereby would have learned who “his brethren” were (v11) despite being adopted as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. .
A. 2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
B. 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein;
C. and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.
D. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
C’. 5 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.
B’. 6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept.
A’. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.
A. 7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
B. 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages.
C. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
B’. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
A’. 11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: