Exodus 1:9-14 NIV

9 "Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous1 for us.2

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10 Come, we must deal shrewdly3 with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country."4

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11 So they put slave masters5 over them to oppress them with forced labor,6 and they built Pithom and Rameses7 as store cities8 for Pharaoh.

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12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites
13 and worked them ruthlessly.9

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14 They made their lives bitter with hard labor10 in brick11 and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.12

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