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Exodus 1 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 These are the names of the Israelites who went to Egypt with Jacob, each bringing his family members: 1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family:
2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah;
3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin;
4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher.
5 Seventy persons in all generated by Jacob's seed. Joseph was already in Egypt. 5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
6 Then Joseph died, and all his brothers - that whole generation. 6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died,
7 But the children of Israel kept on reproducing. They were very prolific - a population explosion in their own right - and the land was filled with them. "A New King . . . Who Didn't Know Joseph" 7 but the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous, so that the land was filled with them.
8 A new king came to power in Egypt who didn't know Joseph. 8 Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.
9 He spoke to his people in alarm, "There are way too many of these Israelites for us to handle. 9 "Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous for us.
10 We've got to do something: Let's devise a plan to contain them, lest if there's a war they should join our enemies, or just walk off and leave us." 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 they organized them into work-gangs and put them to hard labor under gang-foremen. They built the storage cities Pithom and Rameses for Pharaoh. 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 harder the Egyptians worked them the more children the Israelites had - children everywhere! The Egyptians got so they couldn't stand the Israelites 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites
13 and treated them worse than ever, crushing them with slave labor. 13 and worked them ruthlessly.
14 They made them miserable with hard labor - making bricks and mortar and back-breaking work in the fields. They piled on the work, crushing them under the cruel workload. 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 The king of Egypt had a talk with the two Hebrew midwives; one was named Shiphrah and the other Puah. 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,
16 He said, "When you deliver the Hebrew women, look at the sex of the baby. If it's a boy, kill him; if it's a girl, let her 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 the midwives had far too much respect for God and didn't do what the king of Egypt ordered; they let the boy babies 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 The king of Egypt called in the midwives. "Why didn't you obey my orders? You've let those babies 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 midwives answered Pharaoh, "The Hebrew women aren't like the Egyptian women; they're vigorous. Before the midwife can get there, they've already had the baby." 19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, "Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive."
20 God was pleased with the midwives. The people continued to increase in number - a very strong people. 20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.
21 And because the midwives honored God, God gave them families of their own. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
22 So Pharaoh issued a general order to all his people: "Every boy that is born, drown him in the Nile. But let the girls 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."