Exodus 1:20
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New International Version
So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.

New Living Translation
So God was good to the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply, growing more and more powerful.

English Standard Version
So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong.

New American Standard Bible
So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty.

King James Bible
Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied and became very numerous.

International Standard Version
God was pleased with the midwives, and the people multiplied and became very strong.

NET Bible
So God treated the midwives well, and the people multiplied and became very strong.

New Heart English Bible
God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied, and grew very mighty.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God was good to the midwives. So the people increased in number and became very strong.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

New American Standard 1977
So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and waxed very mighty.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and grew very mighty.

American King James Version
Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

American Standard Version
And God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied and grew exceedingly strong.

Darby Bible Translation
And God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong.

English Revised Version
And God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and became very mighty.

World English Bible
God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied, and grew very mighty.

Young's Literal Translation
And God doth good to the midwives, and the people multiply, and are very mighty;
Study Bible
Pharoah Orders Male Children Killed
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." 20So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. 21Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.…
Cross References
Hebrews 6:10
God is not unjust. He will not forget your work and the love you have shown for His name as you have ministered to the saints and continue to do so.

Exodus 1:12
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel.

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."

Proverbs 11:18
The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.

Ecclesiastes 8:12
Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and may lengthen his life, still I know that it will be well for those who fear God, who fear Him openly.

Isaiah 3:10
Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

God.

Psalm 41:1,2 Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him …

Psalm 61:5 For you, O God, have heard my vows: you have given me the heritage …

Psalm 85:9 Surely his salvation is near them that fear him; that glory may dwell …

Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy …

Psalm 111:5 He has given meat to them that fear him: he will ever be mindful …

Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear …

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness …

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he …

Ecclesiastes 8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, …

Isaiah 3:10 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they …

Matthew 10:42 And whoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup …

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch …

Luke 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

the people.

Exodus 1:7,12 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, …

(20) Therefore God dealt well with the midwives.--Heb., and God dealt well, &c. The reason is stated in Exodus 1:21. It was not because they equivocated and deceived the king, but because they feared God sufficiently to disobey the king, and run the risk of discovery. If they had been discovered, their life would have paid the forfeit.

Verses 20, 21. - Therefore God did well to the midwives. Literally, "And God did well," etc. (see ver. 21). Because they feared him sufficiently to disobey the king, and take their chance of a punishment, which might have been very severe-even perhaps death - God overlooked their weak and unfaithful divergence from truth, and gave them a reward. He made them houses. He blessed them by giving them children of their own, who grew up, and gave them the comfort, support, and happiness which children were intended to give. There was a manifest fitness in rewarding those who had refused to bring misery and desolation into families by granting them domestic happiness themselves. Wherefore God dealt well with the midwives,.... He approved of their conduct upon the whole, however difficult it may be to clear them from all blame in this matter; though some think that what they said was the truth, though they might not tell all the truth; yea, that they made a glorious confession of their faith in God, and plainly told the king, that it was nothing but the immediate hand of God that the Hebrew women were so lively and strong, and therefore were resolved not to oppose it, let him command what he would; so Dr. Lightfoot (r), who takes the midwives to be Egyptians:

and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty; became very numerous, and strong, and robust, being the offspring of such lively women.

(r) Works, vol. 1. p. 700. 20, 21. God dealt well with the midwives—This represents God as rewarding them for telling a lie. This difficulty is wholly removed by a more correct translation. To "make" or "build up a house" in Hebrew idiom, means to have a numerous progeny. The passage then should be rendered thus: "God protected the midwives, and the people waxed very mighty; and because the midwives feared, the Hebrews grew and prospered." 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.
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