Exodus 1 – NIV & JCB

New International Version

Exodus 1:1-22

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.”

Japanese Contemporary Bible

出エジプト記 1:1-22




5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。 6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。 7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。


9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。」


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。