So they put slave masters1 over them to oppress them with forced labor,2 and they built Pithom and Rameses3 as store cities4 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.514
They made their lives bitter with hard labor6 in brick7 and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.815
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives,9 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."1017
The midwives, however, feared11 God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do;12 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."1320
So God was kind to the midwives14 and the people increased and became even more numerous.
And because the midwives feared15 God, he gave them families16 of their own.