11 So they put slave masters(A) over them to oppress them with forced labor,(B) and they built Pithom and Rameses(C) as store cities(D) for Pharaoh.

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The Lord said, “I have indeed seen(A) the misery(B) of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned(C) about their suffering.(D)

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That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers(A) and overseers in charge of the people:

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10 Then the slave drivers(A) and the overseers went out and said to the people, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw. 11 Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced(B) at all.’” 12 So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw. 13 The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, “Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw.” 14 And Pharaoh’s slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers they had appointed,(C) demanding, “Why haven’t you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?”

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18 Now get to work.(A) You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.”

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Moreover, I have heard the groaning(A) of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.(B)

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15 Remember that you were slaves(A) in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand(B) and an outstretched arm.(C) Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

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18 Captives(A) also enjoy their ease;
    they no longer hear the slave driver’s(B) shout.(C)

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