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Exodus 5:1-6 (Lexham English Bible)

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Pharaoh Rejects Yahweh’s Authority and Makes Israel’s Troubles Worse

1 And afterward, Moses and Aaron went, and they said to Pharaoh, "Thus says Yahweh the God of Israel, 'Release my people so that they may hold a festival for me in the desert.'" 2 And Pharaoh said, "Who is Yahweh that I should listen to his voice to release Israel? I do not know Yahweh, and also I will not release Israel." 3 And they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go [on] a three-day journey into the desert, and let us sacrifice to Yahweh our God, lest he strike us with plague or with sword." 4 And the king of Egypt said, "Why, Moses and Aaron, do you takea the people from their work? Go to your {forced labor}!"b 5 And Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land [are] now many, and you want to stop them from their {forced labor}."c 6 And on that day Pharaoh commanded the slave drivers over the people and his foremen, saying,
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