14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor(A) in brick(B) and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.(C)

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13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years(A) your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved(B) and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out(C) with great possessions.(D)

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21 and they said, “May the Lord look on you and judge(A) you! You have made us obnoxious(B) to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword(C) in their hand to kill us.”(D)

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The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt!(A) There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food(B) we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”(C)

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43 Do not rule over them ruthlessly,(A) but fear your God.(B)

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46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

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53 They are to be treated as workers hired from year to year; you must see to it that those to whom they owe service do not rule over them ruthlessly.(A)

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20 But as for you, the Lord took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace,(A) out of Egypt,(B) to be the people of his inheritance,(C) as you now are.

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But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer,(A) subjecting us to harsh labor.(B)

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51 for they are your people and your inheritance,(A) whom you brought out of Egypt, out of that iron-smelting furnace.(B)

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Psalm 129

A song of ascents.

“They have greatly oppressed(A) me from my youth,”(B)
    let Israel say;(C)

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A prophecy(A) concerning the animals of the Negev:(B)

Through a land of hardship and distress,(C)
    of lions(D) and lionesses,
    of adders and darting snakes,(E)
the envoys carry their riches on donkeys’(F) backs,
    their treasures(G) on the humps of camels,
to that unprofitable nation,

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10 See, I have refined(A) you, though not as silver;
    I have tested(B) you in the furnace(C) of affliction.

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the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt,(A) out of the iron-smelting furnace.(B)’ I said, ‘Obey(C) me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people,(D) and I will be your God.

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