Elohim saw the burden of the Children of Israel, and their heavy work in those days (of Egypt), and he determined to deliver them.– The Book of Yasher
Moses son of Amram was confined in the dungeon in those days, in the house of Reuel the Midian, and Zippora the daughter of Reuel supported him with food secretly day by day.
Moses was confined in the dungeon in the house of Reuel for 10 years.
At the end of 10 years — the first year of the reign of the Pharaoh of Egypt (and the exodus) in the place of his father, Zipporah said to her father Reuel,
“No person inquires or seeks after the Hebrew, whom you bound in prison now 10 years! If it seems good in your sight, let us send and see whether he is living or dead”. Her father knew not that she had supported him.
Reuel, Zipporah’s father, answered and said to her,
“Has ever such a thing happened that a man should be shut up in a prison without food for 10 years, and that he should live?”
Zipporah answered her father, saying, “Surely you heard that the God of the Hebrews is great and awful, and does wonders for them at all times.”
“He it was who delivered Abraham from Ur of the Chaldi,
and Isaac from the Sword of his father,
and Jacob from the angel of YHWH who wrestled with him at the ford of Yabbuk.”
“So with this man has he done many things. He delivered him from the river in Egypt and from the Sword of Pharaoh, and from the children of Cush. So also can he deliver him from famine and make him live.”
The thing seemed good in the sight of Reuel, and he did according to the word of his daughter, and sent to the dungeon to ascertain what became of Moses.
The man Moses was living in the dungeon, standing upon his feet, praising and praying to the God of his ancestors.
Reuel commanded Moses to be brought out of the dungeon.
They shaved him and he changed his prison garments and ate bread.
Afterward, Moses went into the garden of Reuel which was behind the house.
He there prayed to YHWH his God, who had done mighty wonders for him.
It was while he prayed that he looked opposite to him, and beheld a Sapphire Rod was placed in the ground, planted in the midst of the garden.
He approached the rod and looked,
and beheld the NAME of YAOHWAH Elohim Tzabaot` (LORD God of Hosts) engraved thereon,
written and developed upon the Rod.
Moses read it and stretched forth his hand.
He plucked it like a sapling from the thicket,
and the Rod was in his hand.
This is the Rod with which all the Works of Our God were performed
after He had created Heaven and Earth and all the hosts of them;
seas, rivers, and all their fish.
When El had driven Adam from the garden of Eden, Adam took the Rod in his hand and went and tilled the ground from which he was taken.
The Rod came down to Noah, and was given to Shem and his descendants (the Semites),
until it came into the hand of Abraham the Habiru.
When Abraham had given all he had to his son Isaac, he also gave to him this Rod.
When Jacob had fled to Padan Aram, he took it into his hand,
and when he returned to his father he had not left it behind.
When Yaakob went down to Egypt, he took it into his hand and gave it to Yoseph, one portion above his brethren.
Jacob had taken it by force from his own brother, Esau.
After the death of Joseph, the nobles of Egypt came into the house of Joseph, and the Rod came into the hand of Reuel the Midian.
When Reuel went out of Egypt, he took it in his hand and planted it in his Garden.
All the mighty men of the Kinim tried to pluck it when they endeavored to get Zipporah his daughter, but they were unsuccessful.
So that Rod remained planted in the garden of Reuel,
until he who had a right to it came and took it.
When Reuel saw the Rod in the hand of Moses, he wondered at it.
He gave Moses his daughter Zipporah for a wife.