They made their lives bitter with hard labor1 in brick2 and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.3
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The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives,4 whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,
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"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."5
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The midwives, however, feared6 God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do;7 they let the boys live.
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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."8
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So God was kind to the midwives9 and the people increased and became even more numerous.
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And because the midwives feared10 God, he gave them families11 of their own.
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Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile,12 but let every girl live."13
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