And inasmuch as the midwives feared God, He made houses for them. Usually we understand this verse to mean that the midwives who spent time helping others secure families, were rewarded by God with their own families – He (God) made houses for them. When we help others achieve something, God helps us to achieve that same thing. Malbim reads this verse differently. When Pharaoh realized that the midwives had refused to obey his edict to put every male child to death, he acted shrewdly by building them houses – he (Pharaoh) made houses for them to regulate and control their every movement.