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When Moses and Aaron first approach Pharaoh to ask him to let the Israelites go, Pharaoh reacts (Exodus 5:9):

Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words. תִּכְבַּד הָעֲבֹדָה עַל־הָאֲנָשִׁים וְיַעֲשׂוּ־בָהּ וְאַל־יִשְׁעוּ בְּדִבְרֵי־שָׁקֶר׃
The Samaritan text has an interesting metathesis here (I am following Joel Hoffman here in translating אַל as a simple "do not", and לֹא as a more intensive "never".):
Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may be saved therein; and let them never regard vain words. תִּכְבַּד הָעֲבֹדָה עַל־הָאֲנָשִׁים וַיִשְׁעוּ־בָהּ ולֹא־יִשְׁעוּ בְּדִבְרֵי־שָׁקֶר׃

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