Exodus 1:12
New International Version
But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites

New Living Translation
But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became.

English Standard Version
But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel.

Berean Study Bible
But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and flourished; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.

King James Bible
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

New King James Version
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they dreaded the sons of Israel.

NASB 1995
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel.

NASB 1977
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel.

Amplified Bible
But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more they multiplied and expanded, so that the Egyptians dreaded and were exasperated by the Israelites.

Christian Standard Bible
But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.

American Standard Version
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as much as those oppressed them, so they were multiplying, and thus they were growing strong, and it was distressing them before the children of Israel.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But as they humbled them, by so much they multiplied, and grew exceedingly strong; and the Egyptians greatly abhorred the children of Israel.

Contemporary English Version
But even though the Israelites were mistreated, their families grew larger, and they took over more land. Because of this, the Egyptians feared them worse than before

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the more they oppressed them, the more they were multiplied, and increased:

English Revised Version
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

Good News Translation
But the more the Egyptians oppressed the Israelites, the more they increased in number and the farther they spread through the land. The Egyptians came to fear the Israelites

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the more the Israelites were oppressed, the more they increased in number and spread out. The Egyptians couldn't stand them [any longer].

International Standard Version
But the more the Egyptians afflicted the Israelis, the more they multiplied and flourished, so that the Egyptians became terrified of the Israelis.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And they were adread because of the children of Israel.

Literal Standard Version
and as they afflict it, so it multiplies, and so it breaks forth, and they are distressed because of the sons of Israel;

NET Bible
But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread. As a result the Egyptians loathed the Israelites,

New Heart English Bible
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out. And the Egyptians were in dread of the children of Israel.

World English Bible
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out. They were grieved because of the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and as they afflict it, so it multiplieth, and so it breaketh forth, and they are vexed because of the sons of Israel;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Oppression by a New King
11So the Egyptians appointed taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. As a result, they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and flourished; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. 13They worked the Israelites ruthlessly…

Cross References
Exodus 1:7
but the Israelites were fruitful and increased rapidly; they multiplied and became exceedingly numerous, so that the land was filled with them.

Exodus 1:20
So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied and became even more numerous.


Treasury of Scripture

But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

but the more.

Psalm 105:24
And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

Proverbs 21:30
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

grieved.

Exodus 1:9
And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

Job 5:2
For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.

Proverbs 27:4
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?









(12) The more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew.--This result was not natural. It can only be ascribed to God's superintending Providence, whereby "the fierceness of man" was made to "turn to his praise." Naturally, severe and constant labour exhausts a nation, and causes its numbers to diminish.

They were grieved.--This is scarcely strong enough. Translate, "They were sore distressed."

Verse 12. - They were grieved because of the children of Israel. The word grieved very insufficiently renders the Hebrew verb, which "expresses a mixture of loathing and alarm" ('Speaker's Commentary,' vol. 1. pt. 1, p. 251). Kalisch translates forcibly, if inelegantly - "They had a horror of the children of Israel."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
But the more they were oppressed,
יְעַנּ֣וּ (yə·‘an·nū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6031: To be bowed down or afflicted

the more they multiplied
יִרְבֶּ֖ה (yir·beh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

and flourished,
יִפְרֹ֑ץ (yip̄·rōṣ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6555: To break through

so that the Egyptians came to dread
וַיָּקֻ֕צוּ (way·yā·qu·ṣū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6973: To feel a loathing, abhorrence, or sickening dread

the Israelites.
בְּנֵ֥י (bə·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son


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