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1 These are the sons of Jacob who went with their father to Egypt, each with his family: 1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family:
2 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 Joseph was already down in Egypt. In all, Jacob had seventy direct descendants. 5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
6 In time, Joseph and each of his brothers died, ending that generation. 6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died,
7 But their descendants had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so quickly that they soon 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 the throne of Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. 8 Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.
9 He told his people, "These Israelites are becoming a threat to us because there are so many of them. 9 "Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous for us.
10 We must find a way to put an end to this. If we don't and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from 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 made the Israelites their slaves and put brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down under heavy burdens. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king. 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 Egyptians oppressed them, the more quickly the Israelites multiplied! The Egyptians soon became alarmed 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites
13 and decided to make their slavery more bitter still. 13 and worked them ruthlessly.
14 They were ruthless with the Israelites, forcing them to make bricks and mortar and to work long hours in the fields. 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 Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, gave this order to the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah: 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,
16 "When you help the Hebrew women give birth, kill all the boys as soon as they are born. Allow only the baby girls to 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 because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king and allowed the boys to live, too. 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 called for the midwives. "Why have you done this?" he demanded. "Why have you allowed the boys to 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 "Sir," they told him, "the Hebrew women are very strong. They have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time! They are not slow in giving birth like Egyptian women." 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 blessed the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply, growing more and more powerful. 20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.
21 And because the midwives feared God, 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 this order to all his people: "Throw all the newborn Israelite boys into the Nile River. But you may spare the baby girls." 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."