Holy Thursday Mass, First Reading

Exodus   12: 1-8, 11-14

1:1 These are the names of the sons of Israel, who went into Egypt with Jacob. They entered, each one with his house:
1:2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah,
1:3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,
1:4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.
1:5 Therefore, all the souls of those who went forth from Jacob’s thigh were seventy. Now Joseph was in Egypt.
1:6 When he had died, along with all of his brothers and all of that generation,
1:7 the sons of Israel increased, and they multiplied like seedlings. And having been strengthened exceedingly, they filled the land.
1:8 Meanwhile, there arose a new king over Egypt, who was ignorant of Joseph.
1:11 And so he set over them masters of the works, in order to afflict them with burdens. And they built for Pharaoh the cities of the tabernacles: Pithom and Raamses.
1:12 And the more they oppressed them, so much more did they multiply and increase.
1:13 And the Egyptians hated the sons of Israel, and they afflicted them and mocked them.
1:14 And they led their life directly into bitterness, with hard work in clay and brick, and with all kinds of servitude, so that they were being overwhelmed with the works of the land.


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