17 But the midwives (A)feared God, and did not do (B)as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. 18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?”

19 And (C)the midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they [a]are lively and give birth before the midwives come to them.”

20 (D)Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and [b]grew very mighty. 21 And so it was, because the midwives feared God, (E)that He [c]provided households for them.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 1:19 have vigor of life, bear quickly, easily
  2. Exodus 1:20 became very numerous
  3. Exodus 1:21 gave them families