1 NOW THESE are the names of the sons of Israel, who came
into Egypt with Jacob; every man came with his household:
2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah;
3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin;
4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.
5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were
seventy souls; and Joseph was in Egypt already.
6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that
7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased
abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled
with them. 8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who knew not
9 And he said unto his people: 'Behold, the people of the
children of Israel are too many and too mighty for us;
10 come, let us deal wisely with them, lest they multiply,
and it come to pass, that, when there befalleth us any war, they also join
themselves unto our enemies, and fight against us, and get them up out of the
11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict
them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh store-cities, Pithom and
12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied
and the more they spread abroad. And they were adread because of the children of
13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve
14 And they made their lives bitter with hard service, in
mortar and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field; in all their
service, wherein they made them serve with rigour. 15 And the
king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of the one was
Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah;
16 and he said: 'When ye do the office of a midwife to the
Hebrew women, ye shall look upon the birthstool: if it be a son, then ye shall
kill him; but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.'
17 But the midwives feared G-d, and did not as the king of
Egypt commanded them, but saved the men-children alive.
18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said
unto them: 'Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men-children alive?'
19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh: 'Because the Hebrew
women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere
the midwife come unto them.'
20 And G-d dealt well with the midwives; and the people
multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared G-d, that
He made them houses.
22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying: 'Every son
that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
JPS Electronic Edition, based on the 1917 JPS translation, Copyright © 1998 by Larry Nelson, All Rights Reserved