but the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous,1 so that the land was filled with them.
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Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.2
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"Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous3 for us.4
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Come, we must deal shrewdly5 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."6
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So they put slave masters7 over them to oppress them with forced labor,8 and they built Pithom and Rameses9 as store cities10 for Pharaoh.
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But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites