The children of Israel, after Joseph's death, do multiply.
Exodus 1:1 These are þe names of the chyldrene of Israel, whiche came to Eypte with Iacob, euery man wyth hys houshold: Exodus 1:2 Ruben, Simeon, Leui, Iuda, Exodus 1:3 Isachar, Zabulon, Beniamyn, Exodus 1:4 Dan, Nephtali, Gad, and Aser. Exodus 1:5 All these soules that came out of the loynes of Iacob were .lxx. and Ioseph was in Egypte all ready. Exodus 1:6 When Ioseph was deade and all hys brethren, and all that generation:
Exodus 1:7 the chyldren of Israell grewe, encreased multiplied, & waxed exceadyng myghtye: so that the land was full of them.
The more they are oppressed by a new king, the more they multiply.
Exodus 1:8 Then there rose vp a new kyng in Egipt whyche knewe not Iosephe. Exodus 1:9 And he sayed vnto hys folke: beholde, the people of the chyldren of Israell are moo and myghtyer then wee. Exodus 1:10 Come on, lette vs playe wyselye wyth theym: least they multiplye, and then (if there chaunce anye warre) they ioyne theym selues vnto oure enimyes and lighte agaynste vs, and so gette theym oute of the Lande. Exodus 1:11 And he sette taskemasters ouer theim, to kepe them vnder wyth burthens. And they buylte vnto Pharao treasure cityes: Phyton, and Rameses. Exodus 1:12 But the more they vexed theym, the more they multiplyed and grew: so that they abhorred the chyldren of Israell. Exodus 1:13 And the Egyptians helde the chyldren of Israell in bondage wythoute mercye, Exodus 1:14 and made theyr lyues bytter, vnto theym, wyth cruell laboure in clay and brycke, and all maner worcke in the fyeldes, and in all maner of seruice, whyche they caused theim to worcke cruellye.
The godliness of the midwives, in saving the men children alive.
Exodus 1:15 And the Kynge of Egypte sayed vnto the mydwyues of the Ebrues women, of which the ones name was Sephora, and the other Phua: Exodus 1:16 when ye do the offyce of a mydwyfe to the women of the Hebrues, and see in the byrthe tyme that it is a boye, kyl it. But if it be a mayed, lette it lyue. Exodus 1:17 Notwythstanding the mydwyues feared God, and dyd not as the Kynge of Egpt commaunded them: but saued the men chyldren. Exodus 1:18 Then the Kynge of Egypte called for the mydwiues and said vnto them: why haue ye delt on thys maner and haue saued the men-children? Exodus 1:19 And the midwiues answerd Pharao, that the Hebrues women were not as the women of Egipte: but were sturdy women, and were deliuered yer the midwyues came at them. Exodus 1:20 And God therfore dealte wel to the mydwyues. And the people multiplyed and waxed very myghty. Exodus 1:21 And bycause the mydwyues feared God, he made them houses.
Pharaoh commandeth the male children to be cast into the river.
Exodus 1:22 Then Pharao charged al his people saying Al the men children that are borne, cast into the ryuer, and saue the mayd children alyue.