Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, 'Make bricks!' Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people."
Pharaoh said, "Lazy, that's what you are--lazy!1 That is why you keep saying, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.'
References for Exodus 5:17
Now get to work.2 You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks."
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The Israelite foremen realized they were in trouble when they were told, "You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day."
When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them,
and they said, "May the LORD look upon you and judge3 you! You have made us a stench4 to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword5 in their hand to kill us."6
References for Exodus 5:21
Moses returned to the LORD and said, "O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people?7 Is this why you sent me?
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Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued8 your people at all."
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