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But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread so that the Egyptians came to dread
Exodus 1:12 In-Context
Let us deal shrewdly with them; otherwise they will multiply [further], and if war breaks out, they may join our enemies, fight against us, and leave the country."
So the Egyptians assigned taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. They built Pithom and Rameses as supply cities for Pharaoh.
But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.
They worked the Israelites ruthlessly
and made their lives bitter with difficult labor in brick and mortar, and in all kinds of fieldwork. They ruthlessly imposed all this work on them.
Or Egyptians loathed
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