Pharaoh was thinking, 1 “The people of the land are now many, and you are giving them rest from their labor.”
So they put foremen 1 over the Israelites 2 to oppress 3 them with hard labor. As a result 4 they built Pithom and Rameses 5 as store cities for Pharaoh.
1 In those days, 2 when 3 Moses had grown up, he went out to his people 4 and observed 5 their hard labor, and he saw an Egyptian man attacking 6 a Hebrew man, one of his own people. 7
The king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you cause the people to refrain from their work? 1 Return to your labor!”
I will take you to myself for a people, and I will be your God. 1 Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from your enslavement to 2 the Egyptians.
Therefore, tell the Israelites, ‘I am the Lord. I will bring you out 1 from your enslavement to 2 the Egyptians, I will rescue you from the hard labor they impose, 3 and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.