Exodus 5:18

18 Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.”

Read Exodus 5:18 Using Other Translations

Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.
Go now and work. No straw will be given you, but you must still deliver the same number of bricks."
Now get back to work! No straw will be given to you, but you must still produce the full quota of bricks.”

What does Exodus 5:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 5:18

Go therefore now, and work
Go about your business, attend to your work, even you officers, as well as your people; work yourselves, as well as see that your people do theirs, and do not trouble me with such impertinent applications:

for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of
the usual number of bricks, as the Vulgate Latin version has it; though in ( Exodus 5:8 ) , it is rendered in that version the measure of bricks, and so another word is translated by them, ( Exodus 5:14 ) , and perhaps both may be intended, both number and measure; that is, that it was expected and insisted on that they delivered the full number of bricks they used to make, and these of full measure; for bricks were made of different measures, as Vitruvius F16 observes; some among the bricks were of two hands' breadth, others of four, and a third sort of five. (See Gill on Exodus 5:7).


F16 Ut supra. (Vide Vitruvium de Architectura, l. 2. c. 3. p. 46)
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