The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.
References for Exodus 1:17
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.”
References for Exodus 1:19
So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.
References for Exodus 1:20
And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
References for Exodus 1:21
Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
References for Exodus 1:22