Exodus 1

“But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them” (v7).  The descendants of Jacob, the Israelites, were no longer favored citizens after Joseph died.  They became slaves, doing hard agricultural and brick-making work, and even their children were threatened (v16).  Yet instead of decreasing or giving up, the population grew in numbers and strength, especially with the help of courageous midwives (v17).
“And the people multiplied and grew very strong” (v20).  The powers of the world cannot stop the fruitfulness of God’s people, when we remain “in Him.”