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:
16 And 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.
17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
18 And 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?
19 And 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.
20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.
22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Eventually the Egyptians feared the strength of the Israelites so much that they attempted to convince the midwives who delivered Israelite babies to kill all the boy babies. The midwives feared God and did not do this. To cover their unwillingness, they told the king that the Israelite women were so vigorous that their babies were born so quickly they came even before the midwives arrived.
Pharaoh allowed the midwives to continue in their calling and the people increased and became even more numerous. Finally, Pharaoh ordered that every Hebrew boy would be thrown in the Nile at birth but the girls would be allowed to live.
As I read this sad happening I realize that through many years, God must have been preparing the Israelites to resist the Egyptians because no matter what happened to them, they continued to increase in number. It is obvious that God did not forget his chosen people at any time.
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