0 SAB Exodus 1



Jacob's family moves to Egypt.

1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which 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 in Egypt already.

6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.

Seventy members of Jacob's family moved to Egypt.

7And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.

After arriving, they increased abundantly. [1]

The new king of Egypt mistreats the Israelites.

8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.

12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:

14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.

The new King of Egypt enslaved the Israelites.

15 And the king of Egypt spake 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 ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.

He told the Hebrew midwives to kill all newborn males.

17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.

The midwives didn't kill the Hebrew newborn males. When the king asked about it, they lied.

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?

19And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.

20Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

God rewarded the Hebrew midwives for lying to the Pharaoh. [2]

(By building 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 alive.

The Pharoah told the people to cast their sons into the river,
while saving their daughters alive.
VegetableEMPEROR4 months ago

Exodus 1:22 - The Pharaoh was clearly bothered by what God did for the midwives, but the verse states that he charged all "his people" with the commandment to toss their newborn sons into the river. I don't quite understand this, as earlier in the chapter, the Pharaoh's "people" were the Egyptians, not the Israelites, whom he viewed as being mightier than the Egyptians. ...so he tells his own people to be even less mighty by getting rid of all the men?

This is likely more vagueness on the Bible's part and we're supposed to presume he means the entirety of all who lived in Egypt at the time. In either case, the Pharaoh is a heartless tyrant and a sore loser, too.


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