Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.19
"Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous2 for us.310
Come, we must deal shrewdly4 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."511
So they put slave masters6 over them to oppress them with forced labor,7 and they built Pithom and Rameses8 as store cities9 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.1014
They made their lives bitter with hard labor11 in brick12 and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.1315
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives,14 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."1517
The midwives, however, feared16 God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do;17 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."1820
So God was kind to the midwives19 and the people increased and became even more numerous.
And because the midwives feared20 God, he gave them families21 of their own.
Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Every boy that is borna you must throw into the Nile,22 but let every girl live."23