But their descendants had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so quickly that they soon filled the land.
Then a new king came to the throne of Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done.
He told his people, "These Israelites are becoming a threat to us because there are so many of them.
We must find a way to put an end to this. If we don't and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country."
So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves and put brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down under heavy burdens. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king.
But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more quickly the Israelites multiplied! The Egyptians soon became alarmed