The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives,1 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."217
The midwives, however, feared3 God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do;4 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."520
So God was kind to the midwives6 and the people increased and became even more numerous.
And because the midwives feared7 God, he gave them families8 of their own.