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."
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!"
Then Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now numerous,4 and you are stopping them from working."
That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers5 and foremen in charge of the people:
"You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks;6 let them go and gather their own straw.
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.'99
Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies."