Exodus 1:2-2:10 New English Translation (NET Bible)
2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 All the people[a] who were directly descended[b] from Jacob numbered seventy.[c] But Joseph was already in Egypt,[d] 6 and in time[e] Joseph[f] and his brothers and all that generation died. 7 The Israelites,[g] however,[h] were fruitful, increased greatly, multiplied, and became extremely strong,[i] so that the land was filled with them.
8 Then a new king,[j] who did not know about[k] Joseph, came to power[l] over Egypt. 9 He said[m] to his people, “Look at[n] the Israelite people, more numerous and stronger than we are! 10 Come, let’s deal wisely[o] with them. Otherwise[p] they will continue to multiply,[q] and if[r] a war breaks out, they will ally themselves with[s] our enemies and fight against us and leave[t] the country.”
11 So they put foremen[u] over the Israelites[v] to oppress[w] them with hard labor. As a result[x] they built Pithom and Rameses[y] as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more the Egyptians[z] oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread.[aa] As a result the Egyptians loathed[ab] the Israelites, 13 and they[ac] made the Israelites serve rigorously.[ad] 14 They made their lives bitter[ae] by[af] hard service with mortar and bricks and by all kinds of service[ag] in the fields. Every kind of service the Israelites were required to give was rigorous.[ah]
15 The king of Egypt said[ai] to the Hebrew midwives,[aj] one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah,[ak] 16 [al] “When you assist[am] the Hebrew women in childbirth, observe at the delivery:[an] If it is a son, kill him,[ao] but if it is a daughter, she may live.”[ap] 17 But[aq] the midwives feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.[ar]
18 Then the king of Egypt summoned[as] the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?”[at] 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew[au] women are not like the Egyptian women—for the Hebrew women[av] are vigorous; they give birth before the midwife gets to them!”[aw] 20 So God treated the midwives well,[ax] and the people multiplied and became very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he made[ay] households[az] for them.
The Birth of the Deliverer
2 [bd] A man from the household[be] of Levi married[bf] a woman who was a descendant of Levi.[bg] 2 The woman became pregnant[bh] and gave birth to a son. When[bi] she saw that[bj] he was a healthy[bk] child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she was no longer able to hide him, she took a papyrus basket[bl] 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.[bm] 4 His sister stationed herself[bn] at a distance to find out[bo] what would[bp] happen to him.
5 Then the daughter of Pharaoh[bq] came down to wash herself[br] by the Nile, while her attendants were walking alongside the river,[bs] and she saw the basket among the reeds. She sent one of her attendants,[bt] took it,[bu] 6 opened it,[bv] and saw the child[bw]—a boy,[bx] crying![by]—and she felt compassion[bz] 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[ca] a nursing woman[cb] for you from the Hebrews, so that she may nurse[cc] the child for you?” 8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes, do so.”[cd] So the young girl[ce] went and got[cf] the child’s mother.[cg] 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child[ch] and nurse him for me, and I will pay your[ci] wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.