17But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live.
18So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?"
19The midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them."
20So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty.
21Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.
The fear of God means courage and results in a life that reflects God's power. The midwives knew God and held Him in high reverence and esteem and to be obeyed above all earthly authority. There is awesome power in knowing and fearing our God.