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Exodus 1

Joseph Forgotten and Israelites Oppressed

6 Then Joseph died, and all his brothers, and that whole generation. 7 But the Israelites were fruitful and prolific; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them. 8 Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 He said to his people, "Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. 10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land." 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. 13 The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites, 14 and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them.

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This sets the stage for the Israelites to leave Egypt for their own land. Joseph and all his wisdom and prosperity has been forgotten. Because of this, the Israelites are considered a threat and worse, they are multiplying like bunnies. The more the king tries to oppress them, the more prolific they become, and the more he oppresses them, and so on (like shampoo - rinse and repeat). We aren't told whether the Israelite people remember Joseph and the covenant of God with Abraham and Jacob, but it seems that they would since their 12 tribes are established under Jacob and play a part in the rest of the history of Israel's formation and kingdom.


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