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Exodus 1 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Here are the names of Israel's children who went to Egypt with Jacob. Each one went with his family. 1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family:
2 Jacob's sons were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah;
3 Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin;
4 Dan, Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher.
5 The total number of Jacob's children and grandchildren was 70. Joseph was already in Egypt. 5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
6 Joseph and all of his brothers died. So did all of their children. 6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died,
7 The people of Israel had many children. They greatly increased their numbers. There were so many of them that they filled the land. 7 but the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous, so that the land was filled with them.
8 Then a new king came to power in Egypt. He didn't know anything about Joseph. 8 Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.
9 "Look," he said to his people. "The Israelites are far too many for us. 9 "Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous for us.
10 Come. We must deal with them carefully. If we don't, they will increase their numbers even more. Then if war breaks out, they'll join our enemies. They'll fight against us and leave the country." 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly 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."
11 So the Egyptians put slave drivers over the people of Israel. The slave drivers beat them down and made them work hard. The Israelites built the cities of Pithom and Rameses so Pharaoh could store things there. 11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.
12 But the more the slave drivers beat them down, the more the Israelites increased their numbers and spread out. So the Egyptians became afraid of them. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites
13 They made them work hard. They didn't show them any pity. 13 and worked them ruthlessly.
14 They made them suffer with hard labor. They forced them to work with bricks and mud. And they made them do all kinds of work in the fields. The Egyptians didn't show them any pity at all. They made them work very hard. 14 They made their lives bitter with hard labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.
15 There were two Hebrew women named Shiphrah and Puah. They helped other women who were having babies. The king of Egypt spoke to them. He said, 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,
16 "You are the ones who help the other Hebrew women. Watch them when they get into a sitting position to have their babies. Kill the boys. Let the girls live." 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 But Shiphrah and Puah had respect for God. They didn't do what the king of Egypt had told them to do. They let the boys live. 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.
18 Then the king of Egypt sent for the women. He asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?" 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?"
19 The women answered Pharaoh, "Hebrew women are not like the women of Egypt. They are strong. They have their babies before we get there." 19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, "Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive."
20 So God was kind to Shiphrah and Puah. And the people of Israel increased their numbers more and more. 20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.
21 Shiphrah and Puah had respect for God. So he gave them families of their own. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
22 Then Pharaoh gave an order to all of his people. He said, "You must throw every baby boy into the Nile River. But let every baby girl live." 22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live."