Exodus 1


Israel Multiplies

1These are the names of the sons of Israel of the ones entering into Egypt together with Jacob their father; each of them sojourning entered. 2Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, 3Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, 4Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 5But Joseph was in Egypt. And were all the souls coming forth from Jacob -- five and seventy. 6[3came to an end 1And 2Joseph], and all his brothers, and all that generation. 7And the sons of Israel grew and multiplied, and [2extensive 1became], and grew strong exceedingly, exceedingly. [4multiplied 1And 2the 3land] of them. 8[4rose up 1And 3king 2another] over Egypt who did not know Joseph. 9And he said to his nation, Behold, the race of the sons of Israel are a great multitude, and they are strong above us. 10Come then we should deal subtly with them, lest at any time they should multiply, and whenever [3to us 2may come to pass 1a war], [2will add 1these also] to the opponents, and waging war against us they shall go forth from the land.

The Affliction of Israel

11And he set to them supervisors over the works, that they might afflict them in their works. And they built [2cities 1fortified] to Pharaoh -- Pithom and Raamses, and On which is Heliopolis. 12And in so far as they humbled them by so much, [2many more 1they became]. And they were strong exceedingly, exceedingly. And [3were abhorred 1the 2Egyptians] of the sons of Israel. 13And [3tyrannized 1the 2Egyptians] the sons of Israel by force. 14And they grievously afflicted them by the life in the [2works 1hard] in the mortar, and in the making of bricks, and in all the works in the plains, according to all the works which they were reducing them to slavery with force. 15And [5said 1the 2king 3of the 4Egyptians] to the midwives of the Hebrews, to a certain one of them with the name Shiphrah, and the name of the second Puah. 16And he said to them, Whenever you act as midwife to the Hebrews, and they should be about to bear, if then it should be a male, you kill it! But if a female, preserve it! 17[4feared 1But 2the 3midwives] God, and they did not do in so far as [4ordered 5them 1the 2king 3of Egypt]. And they brought forth alive the males. 18[5called 1And 2the 3king 4of Egypt] the midwives, and said to them, Why is it that you did this thing, and brought forth alive the males? 19[4said 1And 2the 3midwives] to Pharaoh, Not as the women of Egypt are the Hebrews, for they give birth before [3entered 4to 5them 1the 2midwives], and they bear. 20[3good 1And 2God did] to the midwives. And he multiplied the people, and it became strong exceedingly. 21Since [3feared 1the 2midwives] God, they made to themselves families. 22[3gave orders 1And 2Pharaoh] to all his people, saying, Every male who ever should be born to the Hebrews [2into 3the 4river 1toss], and every female bring it forth alive!
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