15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah (beauty) and the other named Puah (splendor),16 “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, she shall live.”17 But the midwives feared God [with profound reverence] and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded, but they let the boy babies live.18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and allowed the boy babies to live?”19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth quickly and their babies are born before the midwife can get to them.”20 So God was good to the midwives, and the people [of Israel] multiplied and became very strong.21 And because the midwives feared God [with profound reverence], [a]He established families and households for them.
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