The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleExodus 1:12
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied
Became more numerous, "and broke out" F2, as it may
be rendered, like water which breaks out and spreads itself; so the
Israelites, increasing in number, spread themselves still more in the
land; the Egyptians thought, by putting them to hard labour in building
cities, to have weakened their strength, and made them unfit for the
procreation of children; but instead of that, the more hard labour they
were put unto, the more healthful and the stronger they were, and begot
more children, and multiplied exceedingly: and so it is that oftentimes
afflictive dispensations are multiplying and growing times to the
people of God, in a spiritual sense; who grow like the palm tree, which
the more weight it has upon it the more it grows; when the church of
God has been most violently persecuted, the number of converts have
been greater, and saints under affliction grow in grace, in faith and
love, in holiness, humility, patience, peace, and joy; see
(Acts 12:1,2,24) (Romans 5:3-5)
and they were grieved because of the children of Israel;
their multiplication and increase, and because their schemes for
lessening them did not succeed; they were as thorns in their eyes, as
some interpret the word, as Jarchi F3 observes.
F2 (Uypy) "erumpebat", Junius & Tremellius, Drusius, Tigurine version.
F3 (Krpb) "in fractione", Cajetan. apud Rivet.