Exodus 1:17

“But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But the midwiues feared God, and did not as the King of Egypt commanded them, but saued the men children aliue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men-children alive.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But the women had the fear of God, and did not do as the king of Egypt said, but let the male children go on living.
- Basic English Bible

But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt had said to them, but saved the male children alive.
- Darby Bible

But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male-children alive.
- Webster's Bible

But the midwives feared God, and didn't do what the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the baby boys alive.
- World English Bible

And the midwives fear God, and have not done as the king of Egypt hath spoken unto them, and keep the lads alive;
- Youngs Literal Bible

But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men-children alive.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 1:17


1:17 But the midwives feared God - Dreaded his wrath more than Pharaoh's, and therefore saved the men - children alive.


Discussion for Exodus 1

  • David Wise
    Exodus is Amazing like the Lord our God a most high and mighty God
  • A disciple
    Hello Maggie; On saying that God puts us in situations; we should be careful! Jesus said that we will have tribulation and toil and sorrow in this life, but we should be of good courage because He has overcome the world. God tempts no one; but we are all tempted when we are drawn away by our own lusts and enticed. If we cave in to those temptations, it is sin! We are also in a world out of course!
  • Maggie K Parker
    I think this was a test of the younger generation of Israel, to test their faith and to only rely on God for their deliverance and freedom. Trust him at his word and obey him and give him all the praise and worship and honor belong to him, and know that he can do just what he said he would do, I am in a situation now, I called out to get help, lost my job my grandchildren just wait on him
  • Maggie Parker
    I think it is a real test of the faith: of the new generation of Israel , sometimes God puts us in uncomfortable positions to test is to see if we trust totally in him, his word says the fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. God is are only help in any situation, have faith in God as Abraham did was willing to slay his son for God in we trust.
  • Nicholas
    The God of ISRAEL Is an awesome God,he built houses to midwifes,why?,they feared Him .Amen
  • Greg
    Exodus the book is awesome. Its a very exciting and gripping book. The power of God man oh man.

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