suffer hardships during their erection, lost their lives by
being precipitated from enormous heights, when the buildings
fell in a heap.[7]

But the Egyptians were little concerned whether or not
they derived profit from the forced labor of the children of
Israel. Their main object was to hinder their increase, and
Pharaoh therefore issued an order, that they were not to be
permitted to sleep at their own homes, that so they might be
deprived of the opportunity of having intercourse with their
wives. The officers executed the will of the king, telling
the Hebrews that the reason was the loss of too much time
in going to and fro, which would prevent them from completing
the required tale of bricks. Thus the Hebrew husbands
were kept apart from their wives, and they were compelled

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