Bible: Exodus 1:5-22
1:8 Then a new king, 10 who did not know about 11 Joseph, came to power 12 over Egypt. 1:9 He said 13 to his people, “Look at 14 the Israelite people, more numerous and stronger than we are! 1:10 Come, let’s deal wisely 15 with them. Otherwise 16 they will continue to multiply, 17 and if 18 a war breaks out, they will ally themselves with 19 our enemies and fight against us and leave 20 the country.”
1:11 So they put foremen 21 over the Israelites 22 to oppress 23 them with hard labor. As a result 24 they built Pithom and Rameses 25 as store cities for Pharaoh. 1:12 But the more the Egyptians 26 oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread. 27 As a result the Egyptians loathed 28 the Israelites, 1:13 and they 29 made the Israelites serve rigorously. 30 1:14 They made their lives bitter 31 by 32 hard service with mortar and bricks and by all kinds of service 33 in the fields. Every kind of service the Israelites were required to give was rigorous. 34
1:15 The king of Egypt said 35 to the Hebrew midwives, 36 one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 37 1:16 38 “When you assist 39 the Hebrew women in childbirth, observe at the delivery: 40 If it is a son, kill him, 41 but if it is a daughter, she may live.” 42 1:17 But 43 the midwives feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live. 44
1:18 Then the king of Egypt summoned 45 the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?” 46 1:19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew 47 women are not like the Egyptian women – for the Hebrew women 48 are vigorous; they give birth before the midwife gets to them!” 49 1:20 So God treated the midwives well, 50 and the people multiplied and became very strong. 1:21 And because the midwives feared God, he made 51 households 52 for them.