17 The midwives, however, feared(A) God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do;(B) they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”(C)

20 So God was kind to the midwives(D) and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared(E) God, he gave them families(F) of their own.

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