But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel.
But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more quickly the Israelites multiplied! The Egyptians soon became alarmed
But the harder the Egyptians worked them the more children the Israelites had--children everywhere! The Egyptians got so they couldn't stand the Israelites
But the more cruel they were to them, the more their number increased, till all the land was full of them. And the children of Israel were hated by the Egyptians.
But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel.
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1 tn Heb “they”; the referent (the Egyptians) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
2 tn The imperfect tenses in this verse are customary uses, expressing continual action in past time (see GKC 315 §107.e). For other examples of כַּאֲשֶׁר (ka’asher) with כֵּן (ken) expressing a comparison (“just as…so”) see Gen 41:13; Judg 1:7; Isa 31:4.
sn Nothing in the oppression caused this, of course. Rather, the blessing of God (Gen 12:1-3) was on Israel in spite of the efforts of Egypt to hinder it. According to Gen 15 God had foretold that there would be this period of oppression (עָנָה [’anah] in Gen 15:13). In other words, God had decreed and predicted both their becoming a great nation and the oppression to show that he could fulfill his promise to Abraham in spite of the bondage.
3 tn Heb “they felt a loathing before/because of”; the referent (the Egyptians) has been specified in the translation for clarity.