Amplified Bible

Exodus 1

Israel Multiplies in Egypt

1Now these are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; each came with his household: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah; Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin; Dan and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. All the descendants of Jacob were seventy people; Joseph was [already] in Egypt. Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation, but the [a]Israelites were prolific and increased greatly; [b]they multiplied and became extremely strong, so that the land was filled with them.

[c]Now a new [d]king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph [nor the history of his accomplishments]. He said to his people, “Behold, the [e]people of the sons of Israel are too many and too mighty for us [they greatly outnumber us]. 10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, so that they will not multiply and in the event of war, join our enemies, and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11 So they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with hard labor. And the sons of Israel built Pithom and Raamses as storage cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more they multiplied and expanded, so that the Egyptians dreaded and were exasperated by the Israelites. 13 And the Egyptians made the Israelites serve rigorously [forcing them into severe slavery]. 14 They made their lives bitter with hard labor in mortar, brick, and all kinds of field work. All their labor was harsh and severe.

15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah (beauty) and the other named Puah (splendor), 16 “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God [with profound reverence] and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded, but they let the boy babies live. 18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and allowed the boy babies to live?” 19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth quickly and their babies are born before the midwife can get to them.” 20 So God was good to the midwives, and the people [of Israel] multiplied and became very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God [with profound reverence], [f]He established families and households for them. 22 Then [g]Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born [to the Hebrews] must be thrown into the Nile, but every daughter you shall keep alive.”

Notas al pie

  1. Exodus 1:7 In general, sons (children, descendants) of Israel or Israel or Israelites refers to all the people (males and females) of the various tribes descended from the twelve sons (Gen 35:23-26) of Jacob (later renamed Israel by God). In verses concerning things such as warfare or circumcision sons of Israel or Israel or Israelites usually refers only to the males. Tribes of ancient people were identified by the name of their founding ancestor. Therefore, this same general rule applies when referring to individual tribal groups, e.g. sons of Reuben, Reuben, Reubenites and so throughout.
  2. Exodus 1:7 Over two hundred years have passed since the death of Joseph.
  3. Exodus 1:8 The political attitude toward the Israelites living in Egypt changed from friendly and welcoming to suspicious and hostile, and Israel’s struggle for existence led to one of the most dramatic and memorable interventions that God would make in human history.
  4. Exodus 1:8 The identity of this pharaoh is uncertain. Some scholars think he was Ahmose I (1570-1546 b.c.), founder of the 18th dynasty of Egypt’s New Kingdom or Ahmose’s successor, Amenhotep I (1546-1525 b.c.). Others believe that this Pharaoh was one of the first of the Hyksos rulers; the Hyksos were foreign invaders.
  5. Exodus 1:9 This is the first record of the descendants of Israel (Jacob) being regarded as a separate nation (also see Gen 34:7 and note).
  6. Exodus 1:21 Lit made them houses.
  7. Exodus 1:22 If the early date of the exodus (1446 b.c.) is acknowledged, as most conservative scholars hold, then this pharaoh is likely Thutmose I (1525-1512 b.c.).

Japanese Living Bible

出エジプト記 1

圧迫されるイスラエル人

11-4 自分の家族を連れ、ヤコブ(イスラエル)といっしょにエジプトに移ったヤコブの子たちの名前は、次のとおりです。ルベン、シメオン、レビ、ユダ、イッサカル、ゼブルン、ベニヤミン、ダン、ナフタリ、ガド、アシェル。

総勢七十人でした。ヨセフはみなより先にエジプトへ行っていたので、この数には入りません。 やがて、ヨセフも兄弟たちも死に、新しい世代になりました。 イスラエル人は多くの子どもに恵まれたので、人口は増え続け、ゴシェンの地はイスラエル人であふれ、一つの国と言ってもよいほどの勢力にふくれ上がりました。

やがて、ヨセフのことを知らない新しい王がエジプトの王になりました。

王は国民に言いました。「このままイスラエル人どもを放っておくと危険だ。あまりに数が多すぎる。 10 何とか彼らの勢力を食い止めなければならない。戦争にでもなり、彼らが敵方についたら大変だ。われわれに戦いを挑み、難なくこの国から逃げてしまうだろう。」 11 そこで、イスラエル人を奴隷にしてしまおうとしました。きびしい監督を立て、重労働につかせるのです。こうして建てられたのが、ファラオ(王)のための倉庫の町ピトムとラメセスです。 12 ところが、いくら重労働を課しても、締めつけをきびしくしても、いっこうに効果はありません。むしろ、前よりすさまじい勢いで人が増え続けるのです。エジプト人は警戒して、 13-14 ますます過酷な仕事を押しつけました。畑での長時間の重労働や、粘土でれんがを造る激しい仕事をさせました。

15-16 これほどにしても、まだ効き目がありません。とうとう王は、シフラとプアというヘブル人(イスラエル人)の助産婦に、ひそかに命じました。ヘブル人の男の子は生まれたらすぐに殺し、女の子だけを生かしておくようにというのです。 17 ところが、助産婦たちは神を恐れていたので王の命令に従わず、男の子も生かしておきました。 18 そこで王は彼女たちを呼びつけ、問い詰めました。「おまえたちは男の子を生かしておくそうだな。なぜ私の命令に背いたのだ。」

19 彼女たちは言いました。「王様はご存じないでしょうが、ヘブルの女はとても丈夫で、簡単に赤ん坊を産んでしまうのです。私たちが駆けつけた時には、もう生まれてしまっているのです。エジプトの女と違って出産に手間取らないものですから。」

20 神はこの助産婦たちを心にかけてくださったので、イスラエル人はさらに増え続け、強大な民になりました。 21 神を畏れ敬う助産婦たちも子どもに恵まれました。 22 それで、王は全国民に、「以後、ヘブル人の子は、女の子だけを残して、男の子はみなナイル川に投げ込め」と命じたのです。