Exodus 5:12

12 So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw.

Read Exodus 5:12 Using Other Translations

So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
So the people were scattered throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.
So the people scattered throughout the land of Egypt in search of stubble to use as straw.

What does Exodus 5:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 5:12

So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of
Egypt
That part of it where they dwelt:

to gather stubble instead of straw;
straw not being easy to come at, they were obliged to gather stubble that was left in the fields, after the corn was gathered in. Ben Melech observes, that the word signifies small straw, or small sticks of wood, and Kimchi F13, and if so, this must be to burn the bricks with in the furnaces.


FOOTNOTES:

F13 Sepher Shorash, rad. (vvq) .
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