The children of Israel, after Joseph's death, do multiply.
Exodus 1:1 These are the names of the children of Israel, which came to Egypte wyth Iacob, euery man came wt hys housholde: Exodus 1:2 Ruben, Simeon, Leui, and Iuda, Exodus 1:3 Isachar Zabulon, and Beniamin, Exodus 1:4 Dan Nephtali, Gad and Aser. Exodus 1:5 All the soules þt came out of the loynes of Iacob were .lxx. But Ioseph was in Egypte allredie. Exodus 1:6 And Ioseph dyed and all hys brethren and all that generacyon,
Exodus 1:7 and the chyldren of Israel grewe, encreased, multiplyed, and waxed exceadinge myghtye: and the lande was full of them.
The more they are oppressed by a new king, the more they multiply.
Exodus 1:8 But there rose vp a newe kynge in Egypte whych knewe not Ioseph. Exodus 1:9 And he sayde vnto his folke: beholde, the people of þe chyldren of Israel are greater and myghtyer than we. Exodus 1:10 Come on, let vs playe wisely wyth them, lest they multiplye, & lest it happen, that (yf there chaunce any warre) they ioyne them selues vnto oure enemyes and fyghte agaynst vs, and so gete them out of the lande. Exodus 1:11 Therfore dyd they sette taskmasters ouer them, to kepe them vnder wt burthens. And they bylte vnto Pharao treasure cities: Phiton and Rameses. Exodus 1:12 But the more they vexed them, the moare they multiplyed and grewe, so that they abhorred the chyldren of Israel. Exodus 1:13 And the Egyptians helde the chyldren of Israel in bondage without mercye. Exodus 1:14 Therfore was their lyfe bytter vnto them in that cruell bondage, in claye & brycke, and all maner of worke in þe feldes. For all their bondage which they serued them, was full of tyrannye.
The godliness of the midwives, in saving the men children alive.
Exodus 1:15 And the kynge of Egypte sayde vnto the mydwiues of the Hebrues women, of which the ones name was Sephora and the other Phua: Exodus 1:16 when ye do the offyce of a mydwife to the women of the Ebrues and se in the byrth tyme that it is a boye, ye shall kyll it. But yf it be a daughter, it shall lyue. Exodus 1:17 Not withstondynge the mydwiues feared God and dyd not as the kynge of Egypte commaunded them: but saued the men chyldren. Exodus 1:18 And the kynge of Egypte called for the mydwiues and sayde vnto them: why haue ye delt on thys maner, and haue saued the menchyldren? Exodus 1:19 And the mydwiues answered Pharao, that the Hebrues wemen are not as the wemen of Egypte: for they are sturdie women, and are delyuered yer the midwyues come at them. Exodus 1:20 And God therfore delt well with the midwyues. And the people multiplyed and waxed very myghtye. Exodus 1:21 And it fortuned because the midwyues feared God, he made them houses.
Pharaoh commandeth the male children to be cast into the river.
Exodus 1:22 And Pharao charged all hys people, sayinge: All the menchyldren that are borne, cast into the ryuer, and saue the maydechyldren alyue.