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15 Then the Israelite foremen went to the king. They complained and said, “Why are you treating us, your servants, this way? 16 You give us no straw. But we are commanded to make bricks. Our slave masters beat us. But it is your own people’s fault.”

17 The king answered, “You are lazy! You don’t want to work! That is why you ask to leave here and make sacrifices to the Lord.

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