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1 And afterward Moses and Aaron came, and said to Pharaoh: “Thus says the LORD Yehovah, the God Elohiym of Israel: Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.” 2 And Pharaoh said: “Who is the LORD, that I should hearken to His voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, and moreover I will not let Israel go.” 3 And they said: “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Let us go, we pray you, three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God; lest He fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.” 4 And the king of Egypt said to them: “Why do you, Moses and Aaron, cause the people to break loose from their work? Get you to your burdens.” 5 And Pharaoh said: “Behold, the people of the land are now many, and will you make them rest from their burdens?” 6 And the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying: strong>7 “You shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8 And the quota of the bricks, which they made before, you shall lay upon them; you shall not diminish it at all; for they are idle; therefore they cry, saying: Let us go and sacrifice to our God. 9 Let heavier work be laid upon the men, that they may labor in it; and let them not regard lying words.” 10 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spoke to the people, saying: “Thus says Pharaoh: I will not give you straw. 11 Go yourselves, get straw where you can find it; for none of your work shall be diminished.” 12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw. 13 And the taskmasters were urgent, saying: “Fulfil your work, your daily task, as when there was straw.” 14 And the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, saying: “Why have you not fulfilled your appointed task in making brick both yesterday and today as before?” 15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, saying: “Why do you deal thus with your servants? 16 There is no straw given to your servants, and they say to us: Make brick; and, behold, your servants are beaten, but the fault is in your own people.” 17 But he said: “You are idle, you are idle; therefore you say: Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD. 18 Go therefore now, and work; for no straw shall be given to you, yet you shall deliver the quota of bricks.” 19 And the officers of the children of Israel saw that they were set on mischief, when they said: “You shall not diminish at all from your bricks, your daily task.” 20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh; 21 and they said to them: “The LORD look upon you, and judge; because you have made us abhorrent in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.” 22 And Moses returned to the LORD, and said: “Lord Adonai, why have You dealt ill with this people? Why is it that You have sent me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has dealt ill with this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all.”
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Exo 5 Links to Chiastic structures, Hebrew root studies, Off-site studies
The Biblical text is from the 1917 Jewish Publication Society edition posted by Mechon Mamre online. I have modernized words, spelling, and grammar, and aligned the verse and chapter numbers to the KJV. The linked studies, chiastic structures, and Scripture pictures are my own and are copyright © Christine Miller. All rights reserved.