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Exodus 1 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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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 70;[fn] Joseph was already in Egypt.

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

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A new king, who had not known Joseph, came to power in Egypt.

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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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“When you help the Hebrew women give birth, observe them as they deliver.[fn] If the child is a son, kill him, but if it’s a daughter, she may 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 a 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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Pharaoh then commanded all his people: “You must throw every son born to the Hebrews[fn] into the Nile, but let every daughter live.”

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HCSB Footnotes
Lit of people issuing from Jacob’s loins
LXX, DSS read 75 ; Gn 46:27; Ac 7:14
Or Egyptians loathed
Lit birth, look at the stones
Sam, LXX, Tg; MT omits to the Hebrews

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