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Exodus by World English Bible

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From www.ebible.org with slight reformatting by Martin Ward.

Book 02 Exodus 001:001 Now these are the names of the sons of Israel, who came into Egypt (every man and his household came with Jacob): 001:002 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 001:003 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 001:004 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 001:005 All the souls who came out of Jacob's body were seventy souls, and Joseph was in Egypt already. 001:006 Joseph died, as did all his brothers, and all that generation. 001:007 The children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them. 001:008 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who didn't know Joseph. 001:009 He said to his people, "Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we. 001:010 Come, let us deal wisely with them, lest they multiply, and it happen that when any war breaks out, they also join themselves to our enemies, and fight against us, and escape out of the land." 001:011 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. They built storage cities for Pharaoh: Pithom and Raamses. 001:012 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out. They were grieved because of the children of Israel. 001:013 The Egyptians ruthlessly made the children of Israel serve, 001:014 and they made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field, all their service, in which they ruthlessly made them serve. 001:015 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, 001:016 and he said, "When you perform the duty of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birth stool; if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live." 001:017 But the midwives feared God, and didn't do what the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the baby boys alive. 001:018 The king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said to them, "Why have you done this thing, and have saved the boys alive?" 001:019 The midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women aren't like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous, and give birth before the midwife comes to them." 001:020 God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied, and grew very mighty. 001:021 It happened, because the midwives feared God, that he gave them families. 001:022 Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, "You shall cast every son who is born into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive." 002:001 A man of the house of Levi went and took a daughter of Levi as his wife. 002:002 The woman conceived, and bore a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 002:003 When she could no longer hide him, she took a papyrus basket for him, and coated it with tar and with pitch. She put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river's bank. 002:004 His sister stood far off, to see what would be done to him. 002:005 Pharaoh's daughter came down to bathe at the river. Her maidens walked along by the riverside. She saw the basket among the reeds, and sent her handmaid to get it. 002:006 She opened it, and saw the child, and behold, the baby cried. She had compassion on him, and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children." 002:007 Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Should I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?" 002:008 Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go." The maiden went and called the child's mother... Continue reading book >>


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