Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died,(A) but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers(B) and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.

Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.(C) “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous(D) for us.(E) 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly(F) with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”(G)

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19 He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our ancestors by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die.(A)

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