Bible: Exodus 1:8-21

1:8 Then a new king, 1  who did not know about 2  Joseph, came to power 3  over Egypt. 1:9 He said 4  to his people, “Look at 5  the Israelite people, more numerous and stronger than we are! 1:10 Come, let’s deal wisely 6  with them. Otherwise 7  they will continue to multiply, 8  and if 9  a war breaks out, they will ally themselves with 10  our enemies and fight against us and leave 11  the country.”

1:11 So they put foremen 12  over the Israelites 13  to oppress 14  them with hard labor. As a result 15  they built Pithom and Rameses 16  as store cities for Pharaoh. 1:12 But the more the Egyptians 17  oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread. 18  As a result the Egyptians loathed 19  the Israelites, 1:13 and they 20  made the Israelites serve rigorously. 21  1:14 They made their lives bitter 22  by 23  hard service with mortar and bricks and by all kinds of service 24  in the fields. Every kind of service the Israelites were required to give was rigorous. 25 

1:15 The king of Egypt said 26  to the Hebrew midwives, 27  one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 28  1:16 29 When you assist 30  the Hebrew women in childbirth, observe at the delivery: 31  If it is a son, kill him, 32  but if it is a daughter, she may live.” 33  1:17 But 34  the midwives feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live. 35 

1:18 Then the king of Egypt summoned 36  the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live? 37  1:19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew 38  women are not like the Egyptian women – for the Hebrew women 39  are vigorous; they give birth before the midwife gets to them! 40  1:20 So God treated the midwives well, 41  and the people multiplied and became very strong. 1:21 And because the midwives feared God, he made 42  households 43  for them.

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