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Exodus 1:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and became very mighty.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— So then God dealt well with the midwives,—and the people multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And God doth good to the midwives, and the people multiply, and are very mighty;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied and grew exceedingly strong.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Therefore God dealt well with the midwiues: and the people multiplied and waxed very mighty.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And God did well to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and grew very strong.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Therefore Elohim dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Therefore lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; 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.
dealt well 3190
{3190} Prime
יָטַב
yatab
{yaw-tab'}
A primitive root; to be (causatively) make well, literally (sound, beautiful) or figuratively (happy, successful, right).
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
with the midwives: 3205
{3205} Prime
יָלַד
yalad
{yaw-lad'}
A primitive root; to bear young; causatively to beget; medically to act as midwife; specifically to show lineage.
z8764
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
and the people 5971
{5971} Prime
עַם
`am
{am}
From H6004; a people (as a congregated unit); specifically a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively a flock.
multiplied, 7235
{7235} Prime
רָבָה
rabah
{raw-baw'}
A primitive root; to increase (in whatever respect).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
and waxed very y3966
[3966] Standard
מְאֹד
m@`od
{meh-ode'}
From the same as H0181; properly vehemence, that is, (with or without preposition) vehemently; by implication wholly, speedily, etc. (often with other words as an intensive or superlative; especially when repeated).
mighty. 6105
{6105} Prime
עָצַם
`atsam
{aw-tsam'}
A primitive root; to bind fast, that is, close (the eyes); intransitively to be (causatively make) powerful or numerous; denominatively (from H6106) to craunch the bones.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
x3966
(3966) Complement
מְאֹד
m@`od
{meh-ode'}
From the same as H0181; properly vehemence, that is, (with or without preposition) vehemently; by implication wholly, speedily, etc. (often with other words as an intensive or superlative; especially when repeated).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Exodus 1:20-21

_ _ God dealt well with the midwives — This represents God as rewarding them for telling a lie. This difficulty is wholly removed by a more correct translation. To “make” or “build up a house” in Hebrew idiom, means to have a numerous progeny. The passage then should be rendered thus: “God protected the midwives, and the people waxed very mighty; and because the midwives feared, the Hebrews grew and prospered.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Exodus 1:15-22.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Exodus 1:20

Therefore God dealt well with them — That is, built them up in families, and blessed their children.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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God:

Psalms 41:1-2 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] Blessed [is] he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. ... The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; [and] he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
Psalms 61:5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given [me] the heritage of those that fear thy name.
Psalms 85:9 Surely his salvation [is] nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
Psalms 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
Psalms 111:5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
Psalms 145:19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
Proverbs 11:18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness [shall be] a sure reward.
Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Ecclesiastes 8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his [days] be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:
Isaiah 3:10 Say ye to the righteous, that [it shall be] well [with him]: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Matthew 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold [water] only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.
Luke 1:50 And his mercy [is] on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Hebrews 6:10 For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

the people:

Exodus 1:7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
Exodus 1:12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
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Ex 1:7, 12. Ps 41:1; 61:5; 85:9; 103:11; 111:5; 145:19. Pv 11:18; 19:17. Ec 8:12. Is 3:10. Mt 10:42; 25:40. Lk 1:50. He 6:10.

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