1 These 2 are the names 3 of the sons of Israel 4 who entered Egypt – each man with his household 5 entered with Jacob: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 All the people 6 who were directly descended 7 from Jacob numbered seventy. 8 But Joseph was already in Egypt, 9 6 and in time 10 Joseph 11 and his brothers and all that generation died. 7 The Israelites, 12 however, 13 were fruitful, increased greatly, multiplied, and became extremely strong, 14 so that the land was filled with them.
8 Then a new king, 15 who did not know about 16 Joseph, came to power 17 over Egypt. 9 He said 18 to his people, “Look at 19 the Israelite people, more numerous and stronger than we are! 10 Come, let’s deal wisely 20 with them. Otherwise 21 they will continue to multiply, 22 and if 23 a war breaks out, they will ally themselves with 24 our enemies and fight against us and leave 25 the country.”
11 So they put foremen 26 over the Israelites 27 to oppress 28 them with hard labor. As a result 29 they built Pithom and Rameses 30 as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more the Egyptians 31 oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread. 32 As a result the Egyptians loathed 33 the Israelites, 13 and they 34 made the Israelites serve rigorously. 35 14 They made their lives bitter 36 by 37 hard service with mortar and bricks and by all kinds of service 38 in the fields. Every kind of service the Israelites were required to give was rigorous. 39
15 The king of Egypt said 40 to the Hebrew midwives, 41 one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 42 16 43 “When you assist 44 the Hebrew women in childbirth, observe at the delivery: 45 If it is a son, kill him, 46 but if it is a daughter, she may live.” 47 17 But 48 the midwives feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live. 49
18 Then the king of Egypt summoned 50 the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?” 51 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew 52 women are not like the Egyptian women – for the Hebrew women 53 are vigorous; they give birth before the midwife gets to them!” 54 20 So God treated the midwives well, 55 and the people multiplied and became very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he made 56 households 57 for them.
22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “All sons 58 that are born you must throw 59 into the river, but all daughters you may let live.” 60
2 A man from the household 2 of Levi married 3 a woman who was a descendant of Levi. 4 2 The woman became pregnant 5 and gave birth to a son. When 6 she saw that 7 he was a healthy 8 child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she was no longer able to hide him, she took a papyrus basket 9 for him and sealed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and set it among the reeds along the edge of the Nile. 10 4 His sister stationed herself 11 at a distance to find out 12 what would 13 happen to him.
5 Then the daughter of Pharaoh 14 came down to wash herself 15 by the Nile, while her attendants were walking alongside the river, 16 and she saw the basket among the reeds. She sent one of her attendants, 17 took it, 18 6 opened it, 19 and saw the child 20 – a boy, 21 crying! 22 – and she felt compassion 23 for him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get 24 a nursing woman 25 for you from the Hebrews, so that she may nurse 26 the child for you?” 8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes, do so.” 27 So the young girl 28 went and got 29 the child’s mother. 30 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child 31 and nurse him for me, and I will pay your 32 wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.
10 When the child grew older 33 she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. 34 She named him Moses, saying, “Because I drew him from the water.” 35
11 In those days, 37 when 38 Moses had grown up, he went out to his people 39 and observed 40 their hard labor, and he saw an Egyptian man attacking 41 a Hebrew man, one of his own people. 42 12 He looked this way and that 43 and saw that no one was there, 44 and then he attacked 45 the Egyptian and concealed the body 46 in the sand. 13 When he went out 47 the next day, 48 there were 49 two Hebrew men fighting. So he said to the one who was in the wrong, 50 “Why are you attacking 51 your fellow Hebrew?” 52
14 The man 53 replied, “Who made you a ruler 54 and a judge over us? Are you planning 55 to kill me like you killed that 56 Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, thinking, 57 “Surely what I did 58 has become known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard 59 about this event, 60 he sought to kill Moses. So Moses fled 61 from Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, 62 and he settled 63 by a certain well. 64
16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and began to draw 65 water 66 and fill 67 the troughs in order to water their father’s flock. 17 When some 68 shepherds came and drove them away, 69 Moses came up and defended them 70 and then watered their flock. 18 So when they came home 71 to their father Reuel, 72 he asked, “Why have you come home so early 73 today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian man rescued us 74 from the shepherds, 75 and he actually 76 drew water for us and watered the flock!” 20 He said 77 to his daughters, “So where is he? 78 Why in the world 79 did you leave the man? Call him, so that he may eat 80 a meal 81 with us.”
21 Moses agreed 82 to stay with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 83 22 When she bore 84 a son, Moses 85 named him Gershom, for he said, “I have become a resident foreigner in a foreign land.” 86
23 During 88 that long period of time 89 the king of Egypt died, and the Israelites 90 groaned because of the slave labor. They cried out, and their desperate cry 91 because of their slave labor went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, 92 God remembered 93 his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, 25 God saw 94 the Israelites, and God understood…. 95