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Exodus 5:1-6 (Common English Bible)

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First meeting with Pharaoh

1 Afterward, Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, "This is what the LORD, Israel's God, says: ‘Let my people go so that they can hold a festival for me in the desert.'" 2 But Pharaoh said, "Who is this LORD whom I'm supposed to obey by letting Israel go? I don't know this LORD, and I certainly won't let Israel go." 3 Then they said, "The Hebrews' God has appeared to us. Let us go on a three-day journey into the desert so we can offer sacrifices to the LORD our God. Otherwise, the LORD will give us a deadly disease or violence." 4 The king of Egypt said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why are you making the people slack off from their work? Do the hard work yourselves!" 5 Pharaoh continued, "The land's people are now numerous. Yet you want them to stop their hard work?" 6 On the very same day Pharaoh commanded the people's slave masters and supervisors,
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