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Exodus 1 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Israelites Oppressed

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:1 - These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family:
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:2 - Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah;
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:3 - Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin;
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:4 - Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:5 - The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy[fn] in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:6 - Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:7 - but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:8 - Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:9 - “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:10 - Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:11 - So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:12 - But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:13 - and worked them ruthlessly.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:14 - They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:15 - The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:16 - “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:17 - The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:18 - Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:19 - The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:20 - So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:21 - And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:22 - Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
NIV Footnotes
Masoretic Text (see also Gen. 46:27); Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint (see also Acts 7:14 and note at Gen. 46:27) seventy-five

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