Go now, and work; for no straw shall be given you, but you shall still deliver the same number of bricks."
The Israelite supervisors saw that they were in trouble when they were told, "You shall not lessen your daily number of bricks."
As they left Pharaoh, they came upon Moses and Aaron who were waiting to meet them.
They said to them, "The Lord look upon you and judge! You have brought us into bad odor with Pharaoh and his officials, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us."
Then Moses turned again to the Lord and said, "O Lord, why have you mistreated this people? Why did you ever send me?
Since I first came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has mistreated this people, and you have done nothing at all to deliver your people."