Exodus 5:3-9 (New International Version)

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3 Then they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey1 into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, or he may strike us with plagues2 or with the sword." 4 But the king of Egypt said, "Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor?3 Get back to your work!" 5 Then Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now numerous,4 and you are stopping them from working." 6 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers5 and foremen in charge of the people: 7 "You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks;6 let them go and gather their own straw. 8 But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don't reduce the quota.7 They are lazy;8 that is why they are crying out, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.'9 9 Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies."
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