Exodus 5

VIN(i) 1 Afterward Moses and Aaron came, and said to Pharaoh, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says, 'Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.'” 2 Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD that I should listen to him and let Israel go? I don't know about the LORD, nor will I let Israel go!" 3 Then they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God so he does not strike us with pestilence or sword. 4 The king of Egypt replied to them, "Moses and Aaron, why are you keeping the people from their labor? Go back to your work!" 5 Then Pharaoh said, "Look, the people in the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working." 6 Pharaoh gave these orders to the slave drivers and foremen: 7 "You're no longer to give the people straw for making bricks, as in the past. They must gather straw for themselves. 8 But see that they make the same number of bricks as before, and no less: for they have no love for work; and so they are crying out and saying, Let us go and make an offering to our God. 9 "Make the work harder for these people so that they will be too busy to listen to lies." 10 The slave drivers and the Israelite foremen went out and said to the Israelites: "The king has said that he will not supply you with any more straw. 11 Go get straw for yourselves wherever you can find it, but your work quotas won't be reduced at all.'" 12 And the people is scattered over all the land of Egypt, to gather stubble for straw, 13 The taskmasters kept pressing them, saying, "Fulfill your work quota, your daily amount, as when there was straw." 14 The officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and were asked, “Why haven't you fulfilled your quota both yesterday and today, in making brick as before?” 15 The Israelite supervisors came and cried out to Pharaoh, "Why are you doing this to us? 16 No straw is given to your servants, and they tell us, 'Make brick.' and look, your servants are beaten; but the fault is in your own people." 17 Then Pharaoh said, "You are lazy, lazy! That's why you're saying, 'Let's go offer sacrifices to the LORD.' 18 "Get back to work! You will not be given straw, but you must still make the same number of bricks." 19 The Israelite foremen realized they were in trouble when they were told: "Do not make fewer bricks each day than you are supposed to." 20 Leaving the Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting for them. 21 and they said unto them, The LORD look upon you and judge because ye have made our savour to be a stench before Pharaoh and his slaves, putting a sword in their hands to slay us. 22 Moses returned to the LORD, and said, "Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Why is it that you have sent me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people. You have not rescued your people at all!”