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.

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Moses Flees to Midian

11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people(A) were and watched them at their hard labor.(B) He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people.

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But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor?(A) Get back to your work!”

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“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.(A) I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem(B) you with an outstretched arm(C) and with mighty acts of judgment.(D) I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God.(E) Then you will know(F) that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.

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27 That day he made the Gibeonites(A) woodcutters and water carriers(B) for the assembly, to provide for the needs of the altar of the Lord at the place the Lord would choose.(C) And that is what they are to this day.

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21 Solomon conscripted the descendants(A) of all these peoples remaining in the land—whom the Israelites could not exterminate[a](B)—to serve as slave labor,(C) as it is to this day.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 9:21 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.

Preparations for the Temple

So David gave orders to assemble the foreigners(A) residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters(B) to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.

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10 “Foreigners(A) will rebuild your walls,
    and their kings(B) will serve you.
Though in anger I struck you,
    in favor(C) I will show you compassion.(D)

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