New Amharic Standard Version

ዘፀአት 1:1-22

እስራኤላውያን በጭቆና ሥር

1ቤተ ሰቦቻቸውን ይዘው ከያዕቆብ ጋር ወደ ግብፅ የሄዱት የእስራኤል ልጆች ስሞች እነዚህ ናቸው፦ 2ሮቤል፣ ስምዖን፣ ሌዊ፣ ይሁዳ፣ 3ይሳኮር፣ ዛብሎን፣ ብንያም፣ 4ዳን፣ ንፍታሌም፣ ጋድና አሴር። 5የያዕቆብ ዘር ጠቅላላ ብዛት ሰባ1፥5 የማሶሬቱ ቅጅ (ዘፍ 46፥27 ይመ)፣ የሙት ባሕር ጥቅልል እንዲሁም የሰብዓ ሊቃናት ትርጒም (ሐሥ 7፥14 እና የዘፍ 46፥27 ማብ ይመ)፣ ሰባ አምስት ይላሉ። ሲሆን፣ ዮሴፍ ግን ቀደም ብሎ በግብፅ ነበረ።

6ከጊዜ በኋላ ዮሴፍና ወንድሞቹ ያም ትውልድ በሙሉ ሞቱ፤ 7ይሁን እንጂ እስራኤላውያን እየተዋለዱ በዙ፤ ቍጥራቸው እጅግ ከመጨመሩም የተነሣ የግብፅን ምድር ሞሏት።

8በግብፅም፣ ስለ ዮሴፍ የማያውቅ አዲስ ንጉሥ ነገሠ። 9እርሱም ሕዝቡን እንዲህ አላቸው፤ “እነሆ፤ እስራኤላውያን በቍጥር በልጠውናል፤ ከእኛም ይልቅ እየበረቱ ነው፤ 10ቍጥራቸው እንዳይጨምር፣ ጦርነት ቢነሣ ከጠላቶቻችን ጋር አብረው እንዳይወጉንና ከምድሪቱም ኮብልለው እንዳይሄዱ ዘዴ እንፈልግ።”

11ስለዚህ እያስጨነቁ የግዳጅ ሥራ የሚያሠሯቸውን አሠሪ አለቆች ሾሙባቸው። እስራኤላውያንም ፊቶምና ራምሴ የተባሉ ንብረት ማከማቻ ከተሞችን ለፈርዖን ሠሩለት። 12ነገር ግን ባስጨነቋቸው መጠን የእስራኤላውያን ቍጥር በዛ፤ በምድሪቱም እየተስፋፉ ሄዱ፤ ከዚህም የተነሣ ግብፃውያኑ እስራኤላውያንን እጅግ ፈሯቸው፤ 13ጭካኔ በተሞላበት ሁኔታም ያሠሯቸው ጀመር። 14ጭቃ በማስቦካት፣ ጡብ በማሠራትና በእርሻም ሁሉ እያስጨነቁ ከባድ ሥራ እንዲሠሩ በማድረግ ሕይወታቸውን አስመረሩ፤ ግብፃውያኑ በሚያሠሯቸው ከባድ ሥራ ሁሉ ፈጽሞ አይራሩላቸውም ነበር።

15የግብፅም ንጉሥ ሲፓራና ፉሐ የተባሉትን ዕብራውያን ሴቶች አዋላጆች እንዲህ አላቸው፤ 16“የዕብራውያንን ሴቶች በማማጫው ድንጋይ ላይ በምታዋልዱበት ጊዜ የሚወለደው ሕፃን ወንድ ከሆነ ግደሉት፤ ሴት ከሆነች ግን በሕይወት ትኑር።” 17አዋላጆቹ ግን እግዚአብሔርን (ኤሎሂም) ስለ ፈሩ የግብፅ ንጉሥ ያዘዛቸውን አልፈጸሙም፤ ወንዶቹንም ልጆች በሕይወት እንዲኖሩ ተዉአቸው። 18ንጉሡም አዋላጆቹን ጠርቶ፣ “ለምንድን ነው ወንዶቹን ልጆች በሕይወት እንዲኖሩ የተዋችኋቸው?” አላቸው።

19እነርሱም፣ “የዕብራውያን ሴቶች እንደ ግብፃውያን ሴቶች አይደሉም፤ ብርቱዎች ስለሆኑ አዋላጆች ከመድረሳቸው በፊት ይወልዳሉ” ሲሉ ለፈርዖን መለሱለት።

20ከዚህም የተነሣ እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) ለአዋላጆቹ መልካም ሆነላቸው፤ ሕዝቡም በቍጥር እየበዛና እያየለ ሄደ። 21አዋላጆቹም እግዚአብሔርን (ኤሎሂም) በመፍራታቸው ቤተ ሰብ ሰጣቸው።

22ፈርዖንም፣ “የሚወለደውን ወንድ ልጅ1፥22 የማሶሬቱ ቅጅ፣ ኦሪተ ሳምራውያን፣ የሰብዓ ሊቃናት ትርጒም እንዲሁም ታርጒም ከዕብራውያን የሚወለደውን ይላሉ። ሁሉ አባይ ወንዝ ውስጥ ጣሉት፤ ሴት ልጅ ሁሉ ግን በሕይወት ትኑር” ሲል ሕዝቡን አዘዘ።

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.”