Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.
He said to his people, "Look, the Israelite people are more
numerous and more powerful than we.
Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and,
in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and
escape from the land."
Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with
forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for
But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and
spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.
The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites,
and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick
and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the
tasks that they imposed on them.
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was
named Shiphrah and the other Puah,
"When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them
on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl,
she shall live."
But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt
commanded them, but they let the boys live.
So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them,
"Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?"
The midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are
not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth
before the midwife comes to them."
So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and
became very strong.
And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families.
Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, "Every boy that is
born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall
let every girl live."
Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman.
The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a
fine baby, she hid him three months.
When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for
him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in
it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river.
His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.
The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her
attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the
reeds and sent her maid to bring it.
When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took
pity on him, "This must be one of the Hebrews'
children," she said.
Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and
get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for
Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Yes." So the girl went
and called the child's mother.
Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child and nurse it
for me, and I will give you your wages." So the woman took
the child and nursed it.
When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and
she took him as her son. She named him Moses, "because,"
she said, "I drew him out of the water."
124:1 If it had not
been the LORD who was on our side--let Israel now say--
if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when our enemies
then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was
kindled against us;
then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have
gone over us;
then over us would have gone the raging waters.
Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the
snare is broken, and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
12:1 I appeal to you
therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present
your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God,
which is your spiritual worship.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will
of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to
think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to
think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith
that God has assigned.
For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members
have the same function,
so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we
are members one of another.
We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us:
prophecy, in proportion to faith;
ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching;
the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the
leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
16:13 Now when Jesus
came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his
disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"
And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah,
and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the
And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah!
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my
church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever
you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose
on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he
was the Messiah.