The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE BOOK OF EXODUS

THE OPPRESSION OF THE
HEBREWS IN EGYPT,
1:1-22

THE following are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt in the company of Jacob, each with his household: Reu-2ben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issa-3char, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan and4Naphtali, Gad and Asher. The total5 number of persons that were direct descendants of Jacob was seventy, Joseph being already in Egypt. Then Joseph6 died, and likewise all his brothers and all that generation; but the Israelites7 were fruitful and prolific; they increased in numbers, and grew greater and greater, so that the land was filled with them.

Then a new king rose over Egypt,8 who had no knowledge of Joseph; he9 said to his people,

"See, the Israelite people have become too numerous and too strong for us; 10 come, let us take precautions against them lest they become so numerous that in the case of a war they should join forces with our enemies and fight against us, and so escape from the land."

Accordingly, gang-foremen were put11 in charge of them, to oppress them with their heavy labor; and they built Pithom and Raamses as store-cities for Pharaoh. But the more they oppressed12 them, the more they multiplied and expanded, so that they became apprehensive about the Israelites.

The Egyptians reduced the Israelites13 to rigorous slavery; they made life bit-14 ter for them in hard work with mortar and bricks, and in all kinds of work in the fields, all the work that they exacted of them being rigorous.

Then the king of Egypt spoke to the15 midwives attending the Hebrew women, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and that of the other Puah.

s"When you act as midwives for the16 Hebrew women," he said, "you are to look at the genitals; if it is a boy, you must kill him, but if it is a girl, she may live."

But the midwives stood in awe of 17 God, and so did not do as the king of Egypt told them, but let the male children live. So the king of Egypt sum- 18 moned the midwives, and said to them,

"Why have you done this: let the male children live?"

The midwives said to Pharaoh, 19

"Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; but are animals, in that they are delivered before the midwife reaches them!"

So God was good to the midwives; 20 the people multiplied and grew very numerous, and because the midwives 21 stood in awe of God, they established families for them.

So Pharaoh commanded all his peo- 22 ple,

"Every boy that is born to the Hebrews, you must throw into the Nile, but you are to let all the girls live."


THE RISE OF THE DELIVERER,
MOSES, 2:1 -- 7:13

Now a man belonging to the house of 2 Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. The woman conceived and bore a 2 sort, and seeing that he was robust, she hid him for three months. When she 3 Could no longer hide him, she procured an ark of papyrus reeds for him, and daubing it with bitumen and pitch, she put the child in it, and placed it among the reeds beside the bank of the Nile. His sister posted herself some distance 4 away to see what would happen to him.

Presently Pharaoh's daughter came's down to bathe at the Nile, while her maids walked on the bank of the Nile. Then she saw the ark among the reeds and sent her maid to get it. On opening 6 it, she saw the child, and it was a boy crying! She took pity on him, and said,

"This is one of the Hebrews' children."

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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