Exodus 1:18
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New International Version
Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?"

New Living Translation
So the king of Egypt called for the midwives. "Why have you done this?" he demanded. "Why have you allowed the boys to live?"

English Standard Version
So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?”

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

King James 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?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, "Why have you done this and let the boys live?"

International Standard Version
When the king of Egypt called for the midwives, he asked them, "Why have you done this and allowed the boys to live?"

NET Bible
Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this and let the boys live?"

New Heart English 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?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the king of Egypt called for the midwives. He asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
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?'

New American Standard 1977
So the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing and have given the men children their lives?

King James 2000 Bible
And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have you done this thing, and have saved the male children alive?

American King James Version
And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said to them, Why have you done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?

American Standard Version
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?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king called for them and said: What is that you meant to do, that you would save the men children ?

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

English Revised Version
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?

Webster's Bible Translation
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?

World English 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?"

Young's Literal Translation
and the king of Egypt calleth for the midwives, and saith to them, 'Wherefore have ye done this thing, and keep the lads alive?'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:15-22 The Egyptians tried to destroy Israel by the murder of their children. The enmity that is in the seed of the serpent, against the Seed of the woman, makes men forget all pity. It is plain that the Hebrews were now under an uncommon blessing. And we see that the services done for God's Israel are often repaid in kind. Pharaoh gave orders to drown all the male children of the Hebrews. The enemy who, by Pharaoh, attempted to destroy the church in this its infant state, is busy to stifle the rise of serious reflections in the heart of man. Let those who would escape, be afraid of sinning, and cry directly and fervently to the Lord for assistance.
Study Bible
Pharoah Orders Male Children Killed
17But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. 18So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?" 19The midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them."…
Cross References
Exodus 1:17
But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live.

Exodus 1:19
The midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them."
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