henceforth, too, but to secure us against the fear that,
if a war should come to pass, they may overwhelm us by
reason of their numbers, and chase us forth out of the land,
let the king issue a decree, that every male child of the
Israelites shall be killed at his birth. Then we need not be
afraid of them if we should be overtaken by war. Now let
the king summon the Hebrew midwives, that they come
hither, and let him command them in accordance with this

Job's advice found favor in the eyes of Pharaoh and the
Egyptians." They preferred to have the midwives murder
the innocents, for they feared the punishment of God if they
laid hands upon them themselves. Pharaoh cited the two
midwives of the Hebrews before him, and commanded them

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