Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household
came with Jacob.
 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,
 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,
 Dan, and
Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for
Joseph was in Egypt already.
 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and
the land was filled with them.
 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than
 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
 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they
built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
 But the more they afflicted them, the more
they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
 And the Egyptians
made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:
 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.
 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:
 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.
 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt
commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
 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?
 And 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.
 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and
the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared
God, that he made them houses.
 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.
 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
 And the woman
conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime
and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.
 And his sister
stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash
herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among
the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold,
the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.
said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that
she may nurse the child for thee?
 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and
called the child's mother.
 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it
for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
 And the child
grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name
Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
 And it came to pass in those days, when
Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an
Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
 And he looked this way and that way, and when he
saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
 And when he went out
the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong,
Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?
intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is
 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face
of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
 Now the priest of Midian had
seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered