Exodus 1:17

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.

Read Exodus 1:17 Using Other Translations

But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live.
But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king’s orders. They allowed the boys to live, too.

What does Exodus 1:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 1:17

But the midwives feared God
And therefore durst not take away the life of an human creature, which was contrary to the express law of God, ( Genesis 9:6 ) :

and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them;
knowing it was right to obey God rather than man, though ever so great, or in so exalted a station:

but saved the men children alive;
did not use any violence with them, by stifling them in the birth. The scheme was so barbarous and shocking, especially to the tender sex, to whom it was proposed, and so devoid of humanity, that one would think it should never enter into the heart of man.

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