these are the anames
of the sons of Israel who came to 2Egypt
with Jacob; each man came with his household:
, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,
, Zebulun, and Benjamin,
and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.
all the 1persons
who came forth from the loins of Jacob were aseventy 1persons
, but Joseph was already
, and all his brothers, and all that generation.
the children of Israel were afruitful
and increased abundantly and multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, and the land was filled with them.
king rose up over Egypt, who did not know of Joseph.
he said to his people, The people of the children of Israel are now more numerous and astronger
, let us deal awisely
with them, lest they multiply and, when some war occurs, they also join themselves to those who hate us and fight against us and go up from the land.
they set taskmasters over them to aafflict
them with their bburdens
. And they built storage cities for Pharaoh, 1Pithom
the more they afflicted them, the more they amultiplied
and the more they spread out so that they came to dread the children of Israel.
the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with harshness,
they made their lives bitter with ahard
labor in 1mortar
and in 1brick
and in all kinds of
labor in the field; all their labor with which they made them serve was with harshness.
the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one whose name was Shiphrah and the other whose name was Puah;
he said, aWhen
you act as midwives for the Hebrew women and see them
on the 1birthstool
, if it is a 2son
, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a 2daughter
, then she shall live.
the midwives 1feared
God and adid
not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them but let the male children live.
the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, Why have you done this thing and let the male children live?
the midwives said to Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous: before the midwife comes to them, they give birth.
God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very strong.
because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.
Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, Every ason
who is born1
you shall cast into the 2River
, but every daughter you shall let live.