Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.'"
But Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should heed his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover I will not let Israel go."
Then they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us; let us go, we pray, a three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, lest he fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword."
But the king of Egypt said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people away from their work? Get to your burdens."
And Pharaoh said, "Behold, the people of the land are now many and you make them rest from their burdens!"
The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their foremen,
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