1 Now these are the namesof the childrenof Israel, which cameinto Egypt; every manand his householdcamewith Jacob. 2Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
5And all the soulsthat came outof the loinsof Jacobwere seventysouls: for Josephwas in Egypt already. 6And Josephdied, and all his brethren, and all that generation. 7And the childrenof Israelwere fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceedingmighty; and the landwas filled with them.
8Now there arose upa newkingover Egypt, which knewnot Joseph. 9And he saidunto his people, Behold, the peopleof the childrenof Israel are moreand mightier than we: 10Come on, let us deal wiselywith them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth outany war, theyjoinalso unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them upout of the land. 11Therefore they did setover them taskmastersto afflictthem with their burdens. And they builtfor Pharaohtreasurecities, Pithomand Raamses. 12But the more they afflictedthem, the morethey multipliedand grew. And they were grievedbecauseof the childrenof Israel.
13And the Egyptiansmadethe childrenof Israelto servewith rigour: 14And they madetheir livesbitterwith hardbondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of servicein the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
15And the kingof Egyptspaketo the Hebrewmidwives, of which the nameof the one was Shiphrah, and the nameof the otherPuah: 16And he said, When ye do the office of a midwifeto the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.
17But the midwivesfearedGod, and didnot as the kingof Egyptcommandedthem, but savedthe men childrenalive.
18And the kingof Egyptcalledfor the midwives, and saidunto them, Whyhave ye donethis thing, and have savedthe men childrenalive?
19And the midwivessaidunto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrewwomen are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are deliverederethe midwivescome in unto them.
20Therefore Goddealt wellwith the midwives: and the peoplemultiplied, and waxed verymighty. 21And it came to pass, because the midwivesfearedGod, that he madethem houses.
22And Pharaohchargedall his people, saying, Every sonthat is bornye shall castinto the river, and every daughterye shall save alive.