The Israelites Oppressed
1These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: 2Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 5The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy1:5 Masoretic Text (see also Gen. 46:27); Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint (see also Acts 7:14 and note at Gen. 46:27) seventy-five in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
6Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.
8Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9“Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
11So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13and worked them ruthlessly. 14They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.
15The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16“When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
19The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”
20So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
22Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
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.