Now these are the 1names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; they cameeachoneawith his household:
2Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah;
3Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin;
4Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.
5All the bpersons who came from the loins of Jacob were 2seventycin number, but Joseph was already in Egypt.
63Josephdied, and all his brothers and all that generation.
But the sons of Israel4were fruitful and dincreasedgreatly, and multiplied, and becameexceedinglyemighty, so that the land was filled with them.
Now a new5kingaroseoverEgypt, who did not knowJoseph.
96He said to his people, "Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are fmore and mightierthan we.
10"Come, let us 7dealwisely with them, orelse they will multiply and gin the event of war, they will alsojoin themselves to those whohate us, and fight against us and hdepart from the land."
So they appointed8taskmastersover them to afflict them with i9hardlabor. And they built for Pharaoh10storagecities, Pithom and 11Raamses.
But the more they afflicted them, 12the more they multiplied and the more they jspread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel.
The Egyptians compelled the sons of Israel13to laborrigorously;
and they made14their livesbitter with hardlabor in mortar and bricks and at all kinds of labor in the field, all their laborswhich they rigorouslykimposed on them.
Then the king of Egyptspoke to the Hebrewmidwives, one of whomlwas namedShiphrah and the othermwas namedPuah;
and he said, "When you are helping the Hebrewwomen to givebirth and see them upon the birthstool, 15if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live."
But the midwivesn16fearedGod, and 17did not do as the king of Egypt had ocommanded them, but let the boyslive.
So the king of Egyptcalled for the midwives and said to them, "Why have you donethisthing, and let the boyslive?"
The midwivessaid to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrewwomen are not as the Egyptianwomen; for they are vigorous and givebirthbefore the midwifepcanget to them."
So 18God was good to the midwives, and 19the peoplemultiplied, and becameveryqmighty.
21Because the midwivesr20fearedGod, He s21establishedthouseholds for them.
Then Pharaohcommandedall his people, saying, "22Everyson who is bornuyou are to cast into 23the Nile, and everydaughter you are to keepalive."