Exodus 1

Posted on May 28, 2020No Comment
These are the names of the sons
of Israel who went to Egypt
with Jacob, each with his
family: Reuben, Simeon, Levi
and Judah; Issachar, Zebulun
and Benjamin; Dan and Naphtali;
Gad and Asher. The descendants
of Jacob numbered seventy in
all; Joseph was already in Egypt.

Now Joseph and all his brothers
and all that generation died,
but the Israelites were exceedingly
fruitful; they multiplied greatly,
increased in numbers and became so
numerous that the land was filled with them.

Then a new king, to whom Joseph
meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.
“Look,” he said to his people,
“the Israelites have become far
too numerous for us. Come, we
must deal shrewdly with them or
they will become even more
numerous and, if war breaks out,
will join our enemies, fight
against us and leave the country.”

So they put slave masters over them
to oppress them with forced labor,
and they built Pithom and Rameses
as store cities for Pharaoh. But
the more they were oppressed, the
more they multiplied and spread;
so the Egyptians came to dread the
Israelites and worked them ruthlessly.
They made their lives bitter with
harsh labor in brick and mortar and
with all kinds of work in the fields;
in all their harsh labor the
Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.

The king of Egypt said to the
Hebrew midwives, whose names were
Shiphrah and Puah, “When you are
helping the Hebrew women during
childbirth on the delivery stool,
if you see that the baby is a
boy, kill him; but if it is a
girl, let her live.” The midwives,
however, feared God and did not
do what the king of Egypt had told
them to do; they let the boys live.
Then the king of Egypt summoned
the midwives and asked them,
“Why have you done this? Why have
you let the boys live?”

The midwives answered Pharaoh,
“Hebrew women are not like
Egyptian women; they are vigorous
and give birth before the midwives arrive.”

So God was kind to the midwives and
the people increased and became
even more numerous. And because
the midwives feared God, he gave
them families of their own.

Then Pharaoh gave this order
to all his people: “Every
Hebrew boy that is born you
must throw into the Nile,
but let every girl live.”

Exodus 1:1‭-‬22 NIV

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