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Exodus 1 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The Israelites in Egypt
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:1 - These are the names of the sons of Israel (that is, Jacob) who moved to Egypt with their father, each with his family:
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:2 - Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:3 - Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:4 - Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:5 - In all, Jacob had seventy[fn] descendants in Egypt, including Joseph, who was already there.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:6 - In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:7 - But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:8 - Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:9 - He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:10 - We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more. If we don’t, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:11 - So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. They appointed brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down with crushing labor. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:12 - But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:13 - So the Egyptians worked the people of Israel without mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:14 - They made their lives bitter, forcing them to mix mortar and make bricks and do all the work in the fields. They were ruthless in all their demands.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:15 - Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, gave this order to the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah:
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:16 - “When you help the Hebrew women as they give birth, watch as they deliver.[fn] If the baby is a boy, kill him; if it is a girl, let her live.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:17 - But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king’s orders. They allowed the boys to live, too.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:18 - So the king of Egypt called for the midwives. “Why have you done this?” he demanded. “Why have you allowed the boys to live?”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:19 - “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:20 - So God was good to the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply, growing more and more powerful.
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: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you may let the girls live.”
NLT Footnotes
Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version read seventy-five; see notes on Gen 46:27.
Or will take the country.
Hebrew look upon the two stones; perhaps the reference is to a birthstool.

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