1Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob. 2Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 5And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.1.5 loins: Heb. thigh 6And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
7¶ And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
8Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. 9And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: 10Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. 11Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.1.12 But…: Heb. And as they afflicted them, so they multiplied, etc 13And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: 14And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, 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: 16And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. 17But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. 18And 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? 19And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. 20Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty. 21And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses. 22And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.
Israelfo Wɔ Misraim
1Yakob mma ne wɔn abusuafo a wɔne no tu kɔtenaa no din na edidi so yi.
2Ruben, Simeon, Lewi ne Yuda;
3Isakar, Sebulon ne Benyamin;
Gad ne Aser.
5Yakob asefo a ɔne wɔn kɔe no nyinaa ano si aduɔson. Na Yosef wɔ Misraim dedaw.
6Yosef ne ne nuanom ne wɔn bere sofo no nyinaa wuwui, 7nanso Israelfo no ase fɛee, na wɔyɛɛ bebree, hyɛɛ asase no so ma.
8Na ɔhene foforo bi bedii ade wɔ Misraim a na onnim Yosef ho asɛm. 9Ɔka kyerɛɛ ne manfo no se, “Monhwɛ, Israelfo yi ase adɔ, wɔreyɛ adɔɔso dodo ama yɛn. 10Momma yɛmpɛ ɔkwan bi na yɛmfa so nsiw saa dɔ a wɔredɔ no ano. Sɛ yɛanyɛ saa na ɔko bi si a, wɔbɛdɔm yɛn atamfo ne wɔn ako atia yɛn na wɔafi ɔman yi mu.”
11Enti wɔde nkoa sohwɛfo gyinagyinaa wɔn kɔn so ma wɔyɛɛ adwumaden de kyekyeree adekora nkuropɔn Pitom ne Rameses maa Farao. 12Nanso mpɛn dodow a Misraimfo no hyɛɛ wɔn so no, na dɔ ara na Israelfo no redɔɔso. Eyi maa Misraimfo no suroo Israelfo 13na wɔkɔɔ so hyɛɛ Israelfo no so ketee. 14Wɔde adwumadenyɛ dii Israelfo no nya. Wɔma wɔyɛɛ ntayaa ne dɔte ho adwuma a ɛyɛ den ne mfum nnwuma ahorow. Eyinom nyinaa akyi no Misraimfo faa akwan bebree so daa atirimɔden adi kyerɛɛ Israelfo no.
15Misraimhene ka kyerɛɛ Hebrifo awogyefo a wɔn din ne Sifra ne Pua se, 16“Sɛ mukogye Hebrini biara awo, na awoe hɔ muhu sɛ ɔyɛ ɔbabarima a, munkum no, na sɛ ɔyɛ ɔbabea de a, monnyɛ no hwee.” 17Esiane sɛ na awogyefo no yɛ nyamesurofo no nti, wɔanni mmara a ɔhene no hyɛɛ wɔn no so, maa mmarimaa a wɔwowoo wɔn no tenae. 18Ɔhene no frɛɛ wɔn bisaa wɔn se, “Adɛn nti na moanni mmara a mehyɛe no so na moama mmarimaa a Hebrifo no wowoo wɔn no atena?”
19Wobuaa no se, “Hebrifo mmea no de ahoɔden wo ɔhare so nti yebedu hɔ no, na wɔawo dedaw. Wɔnte sɛ Misraimfo mmea no.”
20Onyankopɔn hyiraa awogyefo no. Na Israelfo no dɔɔso ara bɛyɛɛ ɔman kɛse. 21Esiane sɛ na awogyefo no yɛ nyamesurofo nti, Onyankopɔn dom wɔn mma.
22Na Farao hyɛɛ mmara sɛ Hebrifo mmarimaa a wɔbɛwo wɔn foforo no, wɔntow wɔn ngu Asubɔnten Nil mu na mmeawa a wɔbɛwo wɔn foforo no de, wɔntena hɔ.