Then Moses and Aaron went to the king of Egypt and said, "The Lord, the God of Israel, says, "Let my people go, so that they can hold a festival in the desert to honor me.' "
"Who is the Lord?" the king demanded. "Why should I listen to him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord; and I will not let Israel go."
Moses and Aaron replied, "The God of the Hebrews has revealed himself to us. Allow us to travel three days into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God. If we don't do so, he will kill us with disease or by war."
The king said to Moses and Aaron, "What do you mean by making the people neglect their work? Get those slaves back to work!
You people have become more numerous than the Egyptians. And now you want to stop working!"
That same day the king commanded the Egyptian slave drivers and the Israelite foremen: