Exodus 5

5:1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh,
 Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they
 may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.
5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who [is] the LORD, that I should obey his
 voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let
 Israel go.
5:3 And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let
 us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and
 sacrifice to the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with
 pestilence, or with the sword.
5:4 And the king of Egypt said to them, Why do ye, Moses and
 Aaron, hinder the people from their works; go you to your
5:5 And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now [are]
 many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.
5:6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the task-masters of the
 people, and their officers, saying,
5:7 Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as
 heretofore; let them go and gather straw for themselves.
5:8 And the number of the bricks which they made heretofore, ye
 shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish [aught] thereof; for
 they are idle: therefore they cry, saying, Let us go [and]
 sacrifice to our God.
5:9 Let more work be laid upon the men, that they may labor
 therein: and let them not regard vain words.
5:10 And the task-masters of the people went out, and their
 officers, and they spoke to the people, saying, Thus saith
 Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.
5:11 Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not aught of
 your work shall be diminished.
5:12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land
 of Egypt, to gather stubble instead of straw.
5:13 And the task-masters hastened [them], saying, Fulfill your
 works, [your] daily tasks, as when there was straw.
5:14 And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's
 task-masters had set over them, were beaten, [and] demanded,
 Why have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick, both
 yesterday and to-day, as heretofore?
5:15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried
 to Pharaoh, saying, Why dealest thou thus with thy servants?
5:16 There is no straw given to thy servants, and they say to
 us, Make brick: and behold, thy servants [are] beaten; but the
 fault [is] in thy own people.
5:17 But he said, Ye [are] idle, [ye are] idle: therefore ye
 say, Let us go, [and] do sacrifice to the LORD.
5:18 Go therefore now, [and] work; for there shall no straw be
 given you, yet shall ye deliver the number of bricks.
5:19 And the officers of the children of Israel saw [that] they
 [were] in evil [case], after it was said, Ye shall not diminish
 [aught] from your bricks of your daily task.
5:20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they
 came forth from Pharaoh:
5:21 And they said to them, The LORD look upon you, and judge;
 because ye have made our savor to be abhorred in the eyes of
 Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in
 their hands to slay us.
5:22 And Moses returned to the LORD, and said, Lord, why hast
 thou [so] ill treated this people? why [is] it [that] thou hast
 sent me?
5:23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath
 done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy
 people at all.

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