|Exodus 1:9-12 |
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9 And he said to his people, "Behold, the people of the sons of Israel have become more numerous and mighty than we.
10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us, and so leave the land."1
11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
12 But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians were in dread of the children of Israel.
1 Let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us, and so leave the land. Remember, the Hebrews were sent to Goshen to be shepherds. Joseph told his brothers to tell Pharoah they were shepherds, because every shepherd was an abomination to Egypt. So they got the best land in Egypt, because the Egyptians didn't want it. When the Hebrews increased dramatically, it appears that Egypt became afraid these filthy shepherds would join with their enemies, leave the land, and move into their cities.