Exodus 5 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 After that Moses and Aaron approached Pharaoh. They said, "God, the God of Israel, says, 'Free my people so that they can hold a festival for me in the wilderness.'" 1 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the desert.' "
2 Pharaoh said, "And who is God that I should listen to him and send Israel off? I know nothing of this so-called 'God' and I'm certainly not going to send Israel off." 2 Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go."
3 They said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness so we can worship our God lest he strike us with either disease or death." 3 Then they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword."
4 But the king of Egypt said, "Why on earth, Moses and Aaron, would you suggest the people be given a holiday? Back to work!" 4 But the king of Egypt said, "Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!"
5 Pharaoh went on, "Look, I've got all these people bumming around, and now you want to reward them with time off?" 5 Then Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working."
6 Pharaoh took immediate action. He sent down orders to the slave-drivers and their underlings: 6 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and foremen in charge of the people:
7 "Don't provide straw for the people for making bricks as you have been doing. Make them get their own straw. 7 "You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.
8 And make them produce the same number of bricks - no reduction in their daily quotas! They're getting lazy. They're going around saying, 'Give us time off so we can worship our God.' 8 But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don't reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.'
9 Crack down on them. That'll cure them of their whining, their god-fantasies." 9 Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies."
10 The slave-drivers and their underlings went out to the people with their new instructions. "Pharaoh's orders: No more straw provided. 10 Then the slave drivers and the foremen went out and said to the people, "This is what Pharaoh says: 'I will not give you any more straw.
11 Get your own straw wherever you can find it. And not one brick less in your daily work quota!" 11 Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.' "
12 The people scattered all over Egypt scrabbling for straw. 12 So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw.
13 The slave-drivers were merciless, saying, "Complete your daily quota of bricks - the same number as when you were given straw." 13 The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, "Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw."
14 The Israelite foremen whom the slave-drivers had appointed were beaten and badgered. "Why didn't you finish your quota of bricks yesterday or the day before - and now again today!" 14 The Israelite foremen appointed by Pharaoh's slave drivers were beaten and were asked, "Why didn't you meet your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?"
15 The Israelite foremen came to Pharaoh and cried out for relief: "Why are you treating your servants like this? 15 Then the Israelite foremen went and appealed to Pharaoh: "Why have you treated your servants this way?
16 Nobody gives us any straw and they tell us, 'Make bricks!' Look at us - we're being beaten. And it's not our fault." 16 Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, 'Make bricks!' Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people."
17 But Pharaoh said, "Lazy! That's what you are! Lazy! That's why you whine, 'Let us go so we can worship God.' 17 Pharaoh said, "Lazy, that's what you are--lazy! That is why you keep saying, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.'
18 Well then, go - go back to work. Nobody's going to give you straw, and at the end of the day you better bring in your full quota of bricks." 18 Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks."
19 The Israelite foremen saw that they were in a bad way, having to go back and tell their workers, "Not one brick short in your daily quota." 19 The Israelite foremen realized they were in trouble when they were told, "You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day."
20 As they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them. 20 When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them,
21 The foremen said to them, "May God see what you've done and judge you - you've made us stink before Pharaoh and his servants! You've put a weapon in his hand that's going to kill us!" 21 and they said, "May the LORD look upon you and judge you! You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us."
22 Moses went back to God and said, "My Master, why are you treating this people so badly? And why did you ever send me? 22 Moses returned to the LORD and said, "O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me?
23 From the moment I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, things have only gotten worse for this people. And rescue? Does this look like rescue to you?" 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all."