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Exodus 1 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:1 - These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household:

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:2 - Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:3 - Is'sachar, Zeb'ulun, and Benjamin,

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:4 - Dan and Naph'tali, Gad and Asher.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:5 - All the offspring of Jacob were seventy persons; Joseph was already in Egypt.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:6 - Then Joseph died, and all his brothers, and all that generation.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:7 - But the descendants of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong; so that the land was filled with them.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:8 - Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:9 - And he said to his people, "Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:10 - Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war befall us, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land."

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:11 - Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens; and they built for Pharaoh store-cities, Pithom and Ra-am'ses.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:12 - But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:13 - So they made the people of Israel serve with rigor,

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:14 - and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field; in all their work they made them serve with rigor.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:15 - Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiph'rah and the other Pu'ah,

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:16 - "When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, she shall live."

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:17 - But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:18 - So the king of Egypt called the midwives, and said to them, "Why have you done this, and let the male children live?"

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:19 - The midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and are delivered before the midwife comes to them."

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:20 - So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and grew very strong.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:21 - And because the midwives feared God he gave them families.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 1:22 - Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, "Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live."
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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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