1 Now these are the names of the children of
Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household
came with Jacob.
2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,
3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,
4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob
were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.
6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that
7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased
abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and
the land was filled with them.
8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew
9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the
children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they
multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out
any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against
us, and so get them up out of the land.
11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to
afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh
treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they
multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the
children of Israel.
13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve
14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in
mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the
field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was
15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of
which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the
16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to 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
17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king
of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and
said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved
the men children alive?
19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew
women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively,
and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.
20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the
people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God,
that he made them houses.
22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son
that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every
daughter ye shall save alive.