Exodus 1:12
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But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites

King James Bible
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and spread; and they were distressed because of the children of Israel.

World English Bible
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out. They were grieved because of the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and as they afflict it, so it multiplieth, and so it breaketh forth, and they are vexed because of the sons of Israel;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

But the more they afflicted them - The margin has pretty nearly preserved the import of the original: And as they afflicted them, so they multiplied and so they grew That is, in proportion to their afflictions was their prosperity; and had their sufferings been greater, their increase would have been still more abundant.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

but the more. Heb. and as they afflicted them, so they multiplied.

Psalm 105:24 And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Hebrews 12:6-11 For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and whips every son whom he receives...

grieved.

Exodus 1:9 And he said to his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

Job 5:2 For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one.

Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

John 12:19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive you how you prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

Acts 4:2-4 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead...

Acts 5:28-33 Saying, Did not we straightly command you that you should not teach in this name? and, behold...

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Four Shaping Centuries
'Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt: every man and his household came with Jacob. 2. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3. Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4. Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5. And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already. 6. And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. 7, And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

But, as for that which is Written, that God did Good to the Hebrew...
32. But, as for that which is written, that God did good to the Hebrew midwives, and to Rahab the harlot of Jericho, [2444] this was not because they lied, but because they were merciful to God's people. That therefore which was rewarded in them was, not their deceit, but their benevolence; benignity of mind, not iniquity of lying. [2445] For, as it would not be marvellous and absurd if God on account of good works after done by them should be willing to forgive some evil works at another time before
St. Augustine—Against Lying

Cross References
Exodus 1:7
but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.

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

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