New International Reader's Version

Exodus 1:1-22

The Israelites Become Slaves in Egypt

1Here are the names of Israel’s children who went to Egypt with Jacob. Each one went with his family. 2Jacob’s sons were

Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah,

3Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin,

4Dan, Naphtali,

Gad and Asher.

5The total number of Jacob’s children and grandchildren was 70. Joseph was already in Egypt.

6Joseph and all his brothers died. So did all their children. 7The people of Israel had many children. The number of them greatly increased. There were so many of them that they filled the land.

8Then a new king came to power in Egypt. Joseph didn’t mean anything to him. 9“Look,” he said to his people. “The Israelites are far too many for us. 10Come. We must deal with them carefully. If we don’t, there will be even more of them. Then if war breaks out, they’ll join our enemies. They’ll fight against us and leave the country.”

11So the Egyptians put slave drivers over the people of Israel. The slave drivers treated them badly and made them work hard. The Israelites built the cities of Pithom and Rameses so Pharaoh could store things there. 12But the worse the slave drivers treated the Israelites, the more Israelites there were. So the Egyptians became afraid of them. 13They made them work hard. They didn’t show them any pity. 14The people suffered because of their hard labor. The slave drivers forced them to work with bricks and mud. And they made them do all kinds of work in the fields. The Egyptians didn’t show them any pity at all. They made them work very hard.

15There were two Hebrew women named Shiphrah and Puah. They helped other women having babies. The king of Egypt spoke to them. He said, 16“You are the ones who help the other Hebrew women. Watch them when they get into a sitting position to have their babies. Kill the boys. Let the girls live.” 17But Shiphrah and Puah had respect for God. They didn’t do what the king of Egypt had told them to do. They let the boys live. 18Then the king of Egypt sent for the women. He asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”

19The women answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like the women of Egypt. They are strong. They have their babies before we get there.”

20So God was kind to Shiphrah and Puah. And the number of Israelites became even greater. 21Shiphrah and Puah had respect for God. So he gave them families of their own.

22Then Pharaoh gave an order to all his people. He said, “You must throw every Hebrew baby boy into the Nile River. But let every Hebrew baby girl live.”

Luganda Contemporary Bible

Okuva 1:1-22

Abayisirayiri Babonyaabonyezebwa

11:1 Lub 46:8Gano ge mannya ga batabani ba Isirayiri, era ye Yakobo, abajja naye mu Misiri; buli omu n’ab’omu nnyumba ye:

2Lewubeeni, ne Simyoni, ne Leevi ne Yuda,

3ne Isakaali, ne Zebbulooni, ne Benyamini,

4ne Ddaani, ne Nafutaali, ne Gaadi, ne Aseri.

51:5 Lub 46:26Abaana bonna awamu Yakobo yennyini be yazaala baali bawera nsanvu1:5 ebiwandiiko ebimu bigamba nsanvu; kyokka ebiwandiiko ebyasangibwa mu Nnyanja ey’Omunnyo bigamba nsanvu mu bataano; Yusufu ye, yali yabeera dda mu Misiri.

61:6 Lub 50:26Awo Yusufu n’afa; ne baganda be ne bonna ab’omulembe ogwo ne bafa. 71:7 Lub 46:3; Ma 26:5; Bik 7:17Naye Abayisirayiri ne bazaala nnyo, ne baala, ne bayitirira obungi, era ne baba ba maanyi nnyo; ne bajjula ekitundu ekyo mwe baali.

8Awo ne waddawo kabaka omuggya mu Misiri ataamanya Yusufu. 91:9 Zab 105:24-25N’agamba abantu be nti, “Abayisirayiri batuyitiriddeko obungi era ba maanyi. 101:10 a Zab 83:3 b Bik 7:17-19Ka tubasalire amagezi baleme kweyongera bungi. Kubanga singa wagwawo olutalo ne beegatta n’abalabe baffe, ne batulwanyisa, balituddukako ne bava mu nsi eno.”

111:11 a Kuv 3:7 b Lub 15:13; Kuv 2:11; 5:4; 6:6-7 c Lub 47:11 d 1Bk 9:19; 2By 8:4Bwe batyo ne babateekako bannampala bababonyeebonye n’emirimu egy’obuwaze; ne bazimbira Falaawo ebibuga eby’amaterekero, Pisomu ne Lamusesi. 12Naye gye baakoma okutuntuzibwa, ate gye baakoma okweyongera obungi, ne basaasaana wonna. Abamisiri ne bakyawa abaana ba Isirayiri ate nga bwe babatya. 131:13 Ma 4:20Ne bongera okutuntuza abaana ba Isirayiri n’obukambwe. 141:14 Kuv 2:23; 6:9; Kbl 20:15; Zab 81:6; Bik 7:19Obulamu bw’Abayisirayiri ne bubakaayirira nga bakozesebwa ng’abaddu; nga batabula ebbumba okukola amatoffaali; n’emirimu egya buli ngeri egikolebwa mu nnimiro. Mu mirimu egyo gyonna baabakozesanga n’amaanyi era n’obukambwe.

Falaawo Awa Abazaalisa Ekiragiro

15Awo kabaka w’e Misiri n’ayogera n’abazaalisa b’Abaebbulaniya, amannya gaabwe Sifira ne Puwa1:15 Sifira ne Puwa baali abazaalisa Abaebbulaniya., n’abagamba nti, 16“Bwe mubanga muzaalisa abakazi Abaebbulaniya, ne mulaba ng’omwana wabulenzi, mumuttanga bussi, naye bw’abanga owoobuwala, mumulekanga n’alama.” 171:17 a nny 21; Nge 16:6 b Dan 3:16-18; Bik 4:18-20; 5:29Naye abazaalisa baali batya Katonda, nga bamussaamu ekitiibwa, ebyo kabaka w’e Misiri bye yabalagira ne batabikolerako, n’abaana abalenzi nabo ne babaleka ne balama. 18Kabaka w’e Misiri n’ayita abazaalisa, n’ababuuza nti, “Kiki ekibakozesezza bwe mutyo, okuleka abaana abalenzi ne balama?”

191:19 Yos 2:4-6; 2Sa 17:20Abazaalisa, ne baddamu Falaawo nti, “Abakazi Abaebbulaniya tebali ng’abakazi Abamisiri; bo balamu bulungi era ba maanyi; abazaalisa we bagendera okubatuukako nga bamaze okuzaala.”

201:20 nny 12; Nge 11:18; Is 3:10Katonda, n’ayisanga bulungi abazaalisa n’abawa emikisa. Abaana ba Isirayiri ne beeyongera nnyo obungi era ne baba ba maanyi nnyo. 211:21 1Sa 2:35; 2Sa 7:11, 27-29; 1Bk 11:38Olwokubanga abazaalisa bassangamu Katonda ekitiibwa, nga bamutya, n’abawa ezzadde.

221:22 Bik 7:19Falaawo n’alyoka alagira abantu be bonna nti, “Buli mwana wabulenzi Abaebbulaniya gwe banaazaalanga mumusuulanga mu mugga Kiyira, naye owoobuwala mumulekanga.”