Exodus 5:1-6 LEB

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.'"

References for Exodus 5:1

      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

      References for Exodus 5:4

        • £ 5:4 - Or "let loose," "let run wild" (compare 32:25)
        • ¤ 5:4 - Literally "burdens" or "burdensome labor"
          5 And Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land [are] now many, and you want to stop them from their {forced labor}."c

          References for Exodus 5:5

            • ¥ 5:5 - Literally "burdens" or "burdensome labor"
              6 And on that day Pharaoh commanded the slave drivers over the people and his foremen, saying,