Exodus 1:6-16 NIV

6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died,1

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7 but the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous,2 so that the land was filled with them.

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8 Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.3

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9 "Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous4 for us.5

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10 Come, we must deal shrewdly6 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."7

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11 So they put slave masters8 over them to oppress them with forced labor,9 and they built Pithom and Rameses10 as store cities11 for Pharaoh.

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12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites
13 and worked them ruthlessly.12

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14 They made their lives bitter with hard labor13 in brick14 and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.15

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15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives,16 whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,

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16 "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."17

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