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Unformatted text preview: n Egypt, we tend to think that each individual Israelite was
enslaved to an Egyptian. However, we read that Moses says to Pharaoh (Ex. Ch. 1. V. 9) “We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters with our flocks and with
our herds”. We understand that the people as a whole nation, family unit by family unit, together with
all their possessions were held in thrall by the Egyptians. What we can understand is that the
Egyptians demanded so much work in so much time, which the people were obliged to provide. We
are told that the Children of Israel built the cities of Pithom and Rhamses. While they lived together as
a people in Goshen the whole people were obliged to provide a work force to make bricks and build
these cities. At the same time as they had to work in their fields to provide their own food. It is
probable that great squads of people in turn were drafted for the work, meaning that they had to work
twice as hard
This bitter forced labour hardship and degradation, to which they were subjected,
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- The Bible