The Second Book of Moses
The children of Israel multiply—They are placed in bondage by the Egyptians—Pharaoh seeks to destroy the sons born to Hebrew women.
1 Now these are the anames of the bchildren of Israel, which came cinto dEgypt; every man and his household came with Jacob.
2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,
3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,
4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of aJacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.
6 And aJoseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
7 ¶ And the children of Israel were afruitful, and bincreased abundantly, and multiplied, and cwaxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
8 Now there arose up a new aking over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are amore and bmightier than we:
10 Come on, let us deal awisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there bfalleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
11 Therefore they did set over them ataskmasters to afflict them with their bburdens. And they built for Pharaoh ctreasure cities, Pithom and dRaamses.
12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they amultiplied and grew. And they were bgrieved because of the children of Israel.
13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:
14 And they made their lives bitter with hard abondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
15 ¶ 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:
16 And he said, When ye ado the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the bstools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.
17 But the midwives afeared God, and did not as the king of Egypt bcommanded them, but saved the men children alive.
18 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?
19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are adelivered ere the midwives come in unto them.
20 Therefore God dealt awell with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
21 And it came to pass, because the midwives afeared God, that he made them bhouses.
22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is aborn ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.