Exodus 1:1-11

1 Now these are the names of the sons of Yisra'el, who came into Mitzrayim (every man and his household came with Ya`akov):
2 Re'uven, Shim`on, Levi, and Yehudah,
3 Yissakhar, Zevulun, and Binyamin,
4 Dan and Naftali, Gad and Asher.
5 All the souls who came out of the Ya`akov's body were seventy souls, and Yosef was in Mitzrayim already.
6 Yosef died, as did all his brothers, and all that generation.
7 The children of Yisra'el were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.
8 Now there arose a new king over Mitzrayim, who didn't know Yosef.
9 He said to his people, "Behold, the people of the children of Yisra'el are more and mightier than we.
10 Come, let us deal wisely with them, lest they multiply, and it happen that when any war breaks out, they also join themselves to our enemies, and fight against us, and escape out of the land."
11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. They built storage cities for Par`oh: Pitom and Ra`meses.
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