Exodus 1:18

“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?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the King of Egypt called for the midwiues, & said vnto them, Why haue ye done this thing, and haue saued the men children aliue?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the king of Egypt sent for the women, and said to them, Why have you done this, and let the male children go on living?
- Basic English Bible

And the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, Why have ye done this, and saved the male children alive?
- Darby Bible

And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said to them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the male-children alive?
- Webster's Bible

The king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said to them, "Why have you done this thing, and have saved the boys alive?"
- World English Bible

and the king of Egypt calleth for the midwives, and saith to them, `Wherefore have ye done this thing, and keep the lads alive?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

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?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Exodus 1

  • 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.
  • Allan
    I think it talks about god

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