Ex 5:1And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, Let My people go that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.

Ex 5:2But Pharaoh said, Who is Jehovah that I should listen to His voice to let Israel go? I do not know Jehovah, and I also will not let Israel go.

Ex 5:3And they said, The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to Jehovah our God; otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or sword.

Ex 5:4Then the king of Egypt said to them, Moses and Aaron, why are you trying to release the people from their work? Get back to your burdens.

Ex 5:5And Pharaoh said, Look, the people of the land are now many, yet you want them to cease from their burdens.

Ex 5:6And the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying,

Ex 5:7You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks as previously; let them go and gather straw for themselves.

Ex 5:8And the quota of the bricks which they made previously, you shall still place upon them; you shall not diminish any of it, for they are idle; therefore they cry out, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.

Ex 5:9Let the work be laid more heavily upon such men, so that they do it and not pay attention to false words.

Ex 5:10And the taskmasters of the people and their officers went out and spoke to the people, saying, Thus says Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.

Ex 5:11You go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, for none of your work will be reduced.

Ex 5:12So the people scattered throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.

Ex 5:13And the taskmasters pressed them saying, Finish your work, the same daily assignment as when there was straw.

Ex 5:14And the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and told, Why have you not finished, both yesterday and today, the amount of bricks required of you previously?

Ex 5:15Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying, Why do you treat your servants this way?

Ex 5:16No straw is given to your servants, and they say to us, Make bricks. And now your servants are being beaten, but it is the fault of your own people.

Ex 5:17But he said, Idle is what you are, idle; therefore you say, Let us go and sacrifice to Jehovah.

Ex 5:18So go now and work; and no straw shall be given you, but you shall deliver the quota of bricks.

Ex 5:19And the officers of the children of Israel saw that they were in trouble, when it was said, You shall not diminish any of the daily assignment of your bricks.

Ex 5:20And they came upon Moses and Aaron, who were standing there to meet them when they came forth from Pharaoh.

Ex 5:21And they said to them, Jehovah look upon you and judge, because you have made us odious in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants so as to put a sword in their hand to kill us.

Ex 5:22Then Moses went back to Jehovah and said, Lord, why have You mistreated this people? Why is it that You have sent me?

Ex 5:23Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has mistreated this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.

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