EXODUS 1:17

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.”

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Exodus 1:17 Translation & Meaning

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But the midwives הַֽמְיַלְּדֹת֙ To bear young; causatively, to beget; medically, to act as midwife; specifically, to show lineage midwives
feared וַתִּירֶ֤אןָ To fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten feared
God, הָ֣אֱלֹהִ֔ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
and did עָשׂ֔וּ To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application did
not וְלֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
as כַּֽאֲשֶׁ֛ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc as
the king מֶ֣לֶךְ A king king
of Egypt מִצְרָ֑יִם Mitsrajim, i.e., Upper and Lower Egypt Egypt
commanded דִּבֶּ֥ר Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue commanded
them, but saved וַתְּחַיֶּ֖יןָ To live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively, to revive saved
the men children הַיְלָדִֽים׃ Something born, i.e., a lad or offspring men children
alive. הַיְלָדִֽים׃ Something born, i.e., a lad or offspring alive

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  • 15  And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:

  • 16  And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.

  • 17  But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.

  • 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?

  • 19  And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.




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