Come, we must deal shrewdly1 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."211
So they put slave masters3 over them to oppress them with forced labor,4 and they built Pithom and Rameses5 as store cities6 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.714
They made their lives bitter with hard labor8 in brick9 and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.1015
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives,11 whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,
"When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live."1217
The midwives, however, feared13 God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do;14 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."1520
So God was kind to the midwives16 and the people increased and became even more numerous.
And because the midwives feared17 God, he gave them families18 of their own.
Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Every boy that is borna you must throw into the Nile,19 but let every girl live."20