Now, go back to work! We will not give you any straw, but you must make just as many bricks as you did before."
The Israelite foremen knew they were in trouble, because the king had told them, "You must make just as many bricks each day as you did before."
As they were leaving the meeting with the king, they met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them.
So they said to Moses and Aaron, "May the Lord punish you. You caused the king and his officers to hate us. You have given them an excuse to kill us."
Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, "Lord, why have you brought this trouble on your people? Is this why you sent me here?
I went to the king and said what you told me to say, but ever since that time he has made the people suffer. And you have done nothing to save them."