1 And these [were] the names of the sons of Israel who came into Egypt. Every man and his household came with Jacob:
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, for Joseph was [already] in Egypt.
6 And Joseph died, and all his brothers, and all that generation.
7 And the sons of Israel were fruitful, and increased very much, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty. And the land was filled [with] them.
8 And there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.
9 And he said to his people, Behold, the people of the sons of Israel [are] many and mightier than we.
10 Come, let us deal wisely with them, lest they multiply, and it will be when there comes a war, they join also to our enemies, and fight against us, and get out of the land.
11 And they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built treasure cities for Pharaoh, Pithon and Raamses.
12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the sons of Israel.
13 And the Egyptians made the sons of Israel serve with harshness.
14 And they made their lives bitter with hard work in mortar and in bricks, and in all [kinds of] work in the field; all their work in which they made them do [was] with harshness.
15 And the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one [was] Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah.
16 And he said, When you midwife the Hebrew women, and look on the birth stools, if it [is] a son, then you shall kill him. But if it [is] a daughter, then she shall live.
17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved alive the male children.
18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, Why have you done this thing, and have saved the male children alive?
19 And the midwives said to Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women [are] not like the Egyptian women. For they [are] lively, and are delivered before the midwives come in to them.
20 And God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and became very mighty.
21 And it happened, because the midwives feared God, [that] He made them houses.
22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive.