1750 Challoner Revision of the Douay-Rheims (DR)
1 The children of Israel, after Joseph's death, do multiply. 8 The more they are oppressed by a new king, the more they multiply. 15 The godliness of the midwives, in saving the men children alive. 22 Pharaoh commandeth the male children to be cast into the river.
1:1 ¶ These are the names of the children of Israel, that went into Egypt with Jacob: they went in every man with his household:
1:2 Ruben, Simeon, Levi, Juda,
1:3 Issachar, Zabulon, and Benjamin,
1:4 Dan, and Nephthali, Gad and Aser.
1:5 And all the souls that came out of Jacob's thigh, were seventy: but Joseph was in Egypt.
1:6 After he was dead, and all his brethren, and all that generation,
1:7 ¶ The children of Israel increased, and sprung up into multitudes, and growing exceedingly strong they filled the land.
1:8 In the mean time there arose a new king over Egypt, that knew not Joseph:
1:9 And he said to his people: Behold the people of the children of Israel are numerous and stronger than we.
1:10 Come let us wisely oppress them, lest they multiply: and if any war shall rise against us, join with our enemies, and having overcome us, depart out of the land.
1:11 Therefore he set over them masters of the works, to afflict them with burdens: and they built for Pharao cities of tabernacles, Phithom, and Ramesses.
1:12 But the more they oppressed them, the more they were multiplied and increased.
1:13 And the Egyptians hated the children of Israel, and afflicted them and mocked them:
1:14 And they made their life bitter with hard works in clay and brick, and with all manner of service, wherewith they were overcharged in the works of the earth.
1:15 ¶ And the king of Egypt spoke to the midwives of the Hebrews: of whom one was called Sephora, the other Phua,
1:16 Commanding them: When you shall do the office of midwives to the Hebrew women, and the time of delivery is come: if it be a man child, kill it: if a woman, keep it alive.
1:17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded, but saved the men children.
1:18 And the king called for them and said: What is it that you meant to do, that you would save the men children?
1:19 They answered: The Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women: for they themselves are skilful in the office of a midwife; and they are delivered before we come to them.
1:20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied and grew exceedingly strong.
1:21 And because the midwives feared God, he built them houses.
1:22 Pharao therefore charged all his people, saying: Whatsoever shall be born of the male sex, ye shall cast into the river: whatsoever of the female, ye shall save alive.
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