Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his householdcame with Jacob.2Reuben,Simeon,Levi, and Judah,3Issachar,Zebulun, and Benjamin,4Dan, and Naphtali,Gad, and Asher.5
And all the souls that came out of the loinsa of Jacob were seventysouls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.
And Josephdied , and all his brethren, and all that generation.7
And the children of Israel were fruitful , and increased abundantly , and multiplied , and waxed exceedingmighty ; and the land was filled with them.
Now there arose up a newking over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.9
And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
Come on , let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply , and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war,theyjoin also unto our enemies , and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.11
Therefore they did set over them taskmasterstoafflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaohtreasurecities,Pithom and Raamses.12
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew . And they were grievedbecause of the children of Israel.13
And the Egyptiansmade the children of Israel to serve with rigour:14
And they made their livesbitter with hardbondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve , was with rigour.15
And the king of Egyptspake to the Hebrewmidwives , of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the otherPuah:16
And he said , When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live .
But the midwivesfearedGod, and did not as the king of Egyptcommanded them, but saved the men childrenalive .
And the king of Egyptcalled for the midwives , and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men childrenalive ?
And the midwivessaid unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrewwomen are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are deliveredere the midwives come in unto them.
Therefore God dealt well with the midwives : and the peoplemultiplied , and waxed verymighty .
And it came to pass, because the midwivesfearedGod, that he made them houses.22
And Pharaohcharged all his people,saying , Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive .