The counsellors and elders of Egypt came to Pharaoh,
and spake unto him, saying: "Behold, the people of the
children of Israel are greater and mightier than we. Thou
hast seen their strong power, which they have inherited from
their fathers, for a few of them stood up against a people
as many as the sand of the sea, and not one hath fallen.
Now, therefore, give us counsel what to do with them, until
we shall gradually destroy them from among us, lest they
become too numerous in the land, for if they multiply, and
there falleth out any war, they will also join themselves with
their great strength unto our enemies, and fight against us,
destroy us from the land, and get them up out of the land."