After Moses and Aaron talked to the people, they went to the king of Egypt and said, "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: 'Let my people go so they may hold a feast for me in the desert.'"
But the king of Egypt said, "Who is the Lord? Why should I obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and I will not let Israel go."
Then Aaron and Moses said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us travel three days into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God. If we don't do this, he may kill us with a disease or in war."
But the king said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their work? Go back to your jobs!
There are very many Hebrews, and now you want them to quit working!"
That same day the king gave a command to the slave masters and foremen.