|Author||Henry Clay McDougal|
|Publication Date||June 24, 2012|
And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field; all their service, wherein they were made to serve, was with rigor. This oppression continued up to the time of Moses. Now the sojourning of the children of I srael, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. The exact date ot their exodus is uncertain, but it is probable that it began about fifteen hundred years before Christ. Notwithstanding Egyptian oppression, the Israelites became as the stars of heaven for multitude for the seventy who originally went there had mcreased to about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, besides children at the time Moses led them over into the wilderness. The first census taken in the wilderness shows that from twenty years old and upwards, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty. This did not include theL evites, who had charge of the tabernacle, and whose numbers aggregated over twenty-two thousand males above one year old, nor did it include the women. With all included there must have been over two millions of the children of Israel that followed their great leader out of Egypt and into the wilderness. There they did eat manna forty yesrs until they came to the borders of the land of Canaan.
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