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Exodus 5:1-21 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 After this presentation to Israel's leaders, Moses and Aaron went to see Pharaoh. They told him, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Let my people go, for they must go out into the wilderness to hold a religious festival in my honor.'" 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 "Is that so?" retorted Pharaoh. "And who is the LORD that I should listen to him and let Israel go? I don't know the LORD, and I will not let Israel go." 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 But Aaron and Moses persisted. "The God of the Hebrews has met with us," they declared. "Let us take a three-day trip into the wilderness so we can offer sacrifices to the LORD our God. If we don't, we will surely die by disease or the sword." 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 "Who do you think you are," Pharaoh shouted, "distracting the people from their tasks? Get 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 Look, there are many people here in Egypt, and you are stopping them from doing their work." 5 Then Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working."
6 That same day Pharaoh sent this order to the slave drivers and foremen he had set over the people of Israel: 6 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and foremen in charge of the people:
7 "Do not supply the people with any more straw for making bricks. Let them get it themselves! 7 "You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.
8 But don't reduce their production quotas by a single brick. They obviously don't have enough to do. If they did, they wouldn't be talking about going into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to their 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 Load them down with more work. Make them sweat! That will teach them to listen to these liars!" 9 Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies."
10 So the slave drivers and foremen informed the people: "Pharaoh has ordered us not to provide straw for you. 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 Go and get it yourselves. Find it wherever you can. But you must produce just as many bricks as before!" 11 Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.' "
12 So the people scattered throughout the land in search of straw. 12 So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw.
13 The slave drivers were brutal. "Meet your daily quota of bricks, just as you did before!" they demanded. 13 The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, "Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw."
14 Then they whipped the Israelite foremen in charge of the work crews. "Why haven't you met your quotas either yesterday or today?" they demanded. 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 So the Israelite foremen went to Pharaoh and pleaded with him. "Please don't treat us like this," they begged. 15 Then the Israelite foremen went and appealed to Pharaoh: "Why have you treated your servants this way?
16 "We are given no straw, but we are still told to make as many bricks as before. We are beaten for something that isn't our fault! It is the fault of your slave drivers for making such unreasonable demands." 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 replied, "You're just lazy! You obviously don't have enough to do. If you did, you wouldn't be saying, 'Let us go, so we can offer sacrifices to the LORD.' 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 Now, get back to work! No straw will be given to you, but you must still deliver the regular 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 Since Pharaoh would not let up on his demands, the Israelite foremen could see that they were in serious trouble. 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's court, they met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting outside for them. 20 When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them,
21 The foremen said to them, "May the LORD judge you for getting us into this terrible situation with Pharaoh and his officials. You have given them an excuse 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."