Exodus 1 1THESE ARE the names of the sons of Israel who came into Egypt with Jacob, each with his household: 2Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5All the offspring of Jacob were seventy persons; Joseph was already in Egypt. 6Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. 7But the descendants of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, and the land was full of them. 8Now a new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph. 9He said to his people, Behold, the Israelites are too many and too mighty for us [and they [A]outnumber us both in people and in strength]. 10Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply more and, should war befall us, they join our enemies, fight against us, and escape out of the land. 11So they set over [the Israelites] taskmasters to afflict and oppress them with [increased] burdens. And [the Israelites] built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12But the more [the Egyptians] oppressed them, the more they multiplied and expanded, so that [the Egyptians] were vexed and alarmed because of the Israelites. 13And the Egyptians reduced the Israelites to severe slavery. 14They made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar, brick, and all kinds of work in the field. All their service was with harshness and severity. 15Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, of whom one was named Shiprah and the other Puah, 16When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, she shall live. 17But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded, but let the male babies live. 18So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, Why have you done this thing and allowed the male children to live? 19The midwives answered Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; they are vigorous and quickly delivered; their babies are born before the midwife comes to them. 20So God dealt well with the midwives and the people multiplied and became very strong. 21And because the midwives revered and feared God, He made them households [of their own]. 22Then Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son born [to the Hebrews] you shall cast into the river [Nile], but every daughter you shall allow to live.
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