Exodus 1:7-12 ESV

7 1But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.

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Pharaoh Oppresses Israel

8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, 2who did not know Joseph.

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9 And he said to his people, "Behold, 3the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us.

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10 4Come, 5let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land."

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11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them 6to afflict them with heavy 7burdens. They built for Pharaoh 8store cities, Pithom and 9Raamses.

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12 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.