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Exodus 1 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Israel Oppressed in Egypt
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These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; each came with his family:

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Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah;

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Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin;

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Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher.

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The total number of Jacob’s descendants[fn] was seventy;[fn] Joseph was already in Egypt.

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Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation eventually died.

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But the Israelites were fruitful, increased rapidly, multiplied, and became extremely numerous so that the land was filled with them.

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A new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.

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He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and powerful than we are.

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“Come, let’s deal shrewdly with them; otherwise they will multiply further, and when war breaks out, they will join our enemies, fight against us, and leave the country.”

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So the Egyptians assigned taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. They built Pithom and Rameses as supply cities for Pharaoh.

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But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread so that the Egyptians came to dread[fn] the Israelites.

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They worked the Israelites ruthlessly

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and made their lives bitter with difficult labor in brick and mortar and in all kinds of fieldwork. They ruthlessly imposed all this work on them.

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The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives ​— ​the first whose name was Shiphrah and the second whose name was Puah ​— ​

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“When you help the Hebrew women give birth, observe them as they deliver. If the child is a son, kill him, but if it’s a daughter, she may live.”

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The midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.

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So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live? ”

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The midwives said to Pharaoh, “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.”

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So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied and became very numerous.

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Since the midwives feared God, he gave them families.

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Pharaoh then commanded all his people: “You must throw every son born to the Hebrews into the Nile, but let every daughter live.”

CSB Footnotes
Lit of people issuing from Jacob’s loins
LXX, DSS read 75 ; Gn 46:27; Ac 7:14
Or Egyptians loathed
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