Bible: Exodus 1:5-22

1:5 All the people 1  who were directly descended 2  from Jacob numbered seventy. 3  But Joseph was already in Egypt, 4  1:6 and in time 5  Joseph 6  and his brothers and all that generation died. 1:7 The Israelites, 7  however, 8  were fruitful, increased greatly, multiplied, and became extremely strong, 9  so that the land was filled with them.

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.

1:22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “All sons 53  that are born you must throw 54  into the river, but all daughters you may let live.” 55 

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