Exodus 5:4

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!”

Read Exodus 5:4 Using Other Translations

And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.
But the king of Egypt said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people away from their work? Get back to your burdens."
Pharaoh replied, “Moses and Aaron, why are you distracting the people from their tasks? Get back to work!

What does Exodus 5:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 5:4

And the king of Egypt said to them
For he was not struck dumb, as Artapanus F7, afore cited writer, says:

wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works?
as they did when they gathered them together, and wrought signs before them; which Pharaoh it seems had heard of, and had got their names very readily:

get you unto your burdens;
meaning not Moses and Aaron, ordering them to go about their private and family business, but the people they represented, and on whose account they came; and it is highly probable the elders of the people, at least some of them, were with them, to whom these words might be more particularly directed. See ( Exodus 3:18 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F7 Ut supra. (Apud Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 27. p. 434.)
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