1 These are the names of the children of Israel that entered Egypt with Jacob: every man and the men of his house entered: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 And all the persons who came forth from the loins of Jacob were seventy persons, and Joseph who was1 in Egypt. 6 And Joseph died and all his brothers and all that generation. 7 And the children of Israel grew strong and begot children and multiplied. 8 And a new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph and did not walk in his customs. 9 And he said to his people: “Behold, the people the children of Israel, have multiplied and have become stronger than us. 10 Come, let us takee evil counsels against them; let us pass laws (by which) we will reduce them before they multiply, and should it come to pass that battle lines are drawn they also join our enemies and wage war against us and set over themselves a king and go up from the land.”
11 And they set taskmasters over them so that they might oppress them with their (forced) labor. And they built fortified cities for Pharaoh: Tanis and Pelusium. 12 But the more they oppressed them, the more did they multiply, and the more did they grow strong. And the Egyptians (were) afflicted before the people, the children of Israel. 13 And the Egyptians enslaved the children of Israel with rigor. 14 And they made bitter their lives by harsh work in clay and in bricks and in every work in the open field—every work in which one works with rigor. 15. And the king of Egypt' said to the Hebrew midwives - the name of one of them was Shiphrah and the name of the second was Puah- 16 and he said: “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women, you shall see (them) upon the birthstools; if it is a male son you shall kill him, and if it is a female daughter she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared before the Lord, and they did not do as the king of Egypt had spoken with them but let the children live. 18 And the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them: “For what reason have you done this thing, that you have let the children live?” 19 And the midwives said to Pharaoh: “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous. Before the midwife comes to them, they pray before their Father in the heavens, and he answers them and they give birth.” 20 And the Lord dealt favorably with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew strong.
1 “Be careful not to display your righteousness merely to be seen by people. Otherwise you have no reward with your Father in heaven. 2 Thus whenever you do charitable giving, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in synagogues and on streets so that people will praise them. I tell you the truth, they have their reward! 3 But when you do your giving, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your gift may be in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
5 “Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites because they love to pray while standing in synagogues and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward! 6 But whenever you pray, go into your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 7 When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles because they think that by their many words they will be heard. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 So pray this way:
“Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored,
10 may your kingdom come,
may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
14 “For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.