Exodus 1:21
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New International Version
And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

New Living Translation
And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

English Standard Version
And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families.

Berean Study Bible
And because the midwives feared God, He gave them families of their own.

New American Standard Bible
Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.

King James Bible
And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

Christian Standard Bible
Since the midwives feared God, he gave them families.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Since the midwives feared God, He gave them families.

International Standard Version
Because the midwives feared God, he provided families for them.

NET Bible
And because the midwives feared God, he made households for them.

New Heart English Bible
It happened, because the midwives feared God, that he gave them families.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that He made them houses.

New American Standard 1977
And it came about because the midwives feared God, that He established households for them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he gave them families.

American King James Version
And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them households.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And because the midwives feared God, he built them houses.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

World English Bible
It happened, because the midwives feared God, that he gave them families.

Young's Literal Translation
and it cometh to pass, because the midwives have feared God, that He maketh for them households;
Study Bible
Oppression by a New King
20So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied and became even more numerous. 21And because the midwives feared God, He gave them families of their own. 22Then Pharaoh commanded all his people: “Every son born to the Hebrews you must throw into the Nile, but every daughter you may allow to live.”…
Cross References
Exodus 1:17
The midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.

1 Samuel 2:35
Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest. He will do whatever is in My heart and mind. And I will build for him an enduring house, and he will walk before My anointed one for all time.

2 Samuel 7:11
and have done since the day I appointed judges over My people Israel. I will give you rest from all your enemies. The LORD declares to you that He Himself will establish a house for you.

2 Samuel 7:27
For You, O LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant when You said, 'I will build a house for you.' Therefore Your servant has found the courage to offer this prayer to You.

1 Kings 2:24
And now, as surely as the LORD lives--the One who established me, who set me on the throne of my father David, and who founded for me a dynasty as He promised--surely Adonijah shall be put to death today!"

1 Kings 11:38
If you listen to all that I command you, walk in My ways, and do what is right in My sight in order to keep My statutes and commandments as My servant David did, then I will be with you. I will build you a lasting dynasty just as I built for David, and I will give Israel to you.

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And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

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(21) He made them houses.--God rewarded those who had showed tenderness to young children, by giving them children of their own, who grew up, and became in their turn fathers and mothers of families. There is no indication that the "houses" spoken of were Hebrew ones.

And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God,.... And regarded his command, and not that of the king, though they risked his displeasure, and their lives:

that he made them houses; which some understand of the Israelites making houses for them, being moved to it by the Lord, to preserve them from the insults of the Egyptians; others of Pharaoh building houses for them, in which he kept them, until the Hebrew women came to their time of delivery, who were ordered to be brought to these houses, that it might be known by others, as well as the midwives, whether they brought forth sons or daughters, neither of which is likely: but rather the sense is, that God made them houses, and hid them from Pharaoh, as Kimchi interprets it, that he might not hurt them, just as he hid Jeremiah and Baruch: though it seems best of all to understand it of his building up the families of these midwives, increasing their number, especially their substance and wealth, making them and their households prosperous in all worldly good; but because the word is in the masculine gender, some choose to interpret it either of the infants themselves, the male children the midwives preserved, and of their being built up families in Israel, or by means of whom they were built up; or of the Israelites themselves, whose houses were built up by their means: and others are of opinion that material houses or buildings are meant, built for the Israelites, that the midwives might know where to find them and their wives, when ready to lie in, who before lived up and down in fields and tents: but the sense of God's building up the families of the midwives is to be preferred, there being an enallage or change of the gender, which is not unusual; see Exodus 15:21. 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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