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.