Exodus 5:1-13 NIV

Bricks Without Straw

1 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’ ”

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2 Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go.”

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3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.”

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4 But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!”

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5 Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”

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6 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people:

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7 “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.

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8 But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’

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      9 Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”
      10 Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw.

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      11 Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.’ ”

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          12 So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw.
          13 The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, “Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw.”