Exodus 5:22-23

22 Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me?
23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”

Exodus 5:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?
ESV
22 Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, "O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?
NLT
22 Then Moses went back to the LORD and protested, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me?
MSG
22 Moses went back to God and said, "My Master, why are you treating this people so badly? And why did you ever send me?
CSB
22 So Moses went back to the Lord and asked, "Lord, why have You caused trouble for this people? And why did You ever send me?

Exodus 5:22-23 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 5

Moses and Aaron go in to Pharaoh, and desire leave for the children of Israel to go into the wilderness three days' journey, to sacrifice to the Lord, and are answered in a very churlish and atheistical manner, and are charged with making the people idle, the consequence of which was, the taskmasters had orders, to make their work more heavy and toilsome, Ex 5:1-9 which orders were executed with severity by them, Ex 5:10-13, upon which the officers of the children of Israel complained to Pharaoh, but to no purpose, Ex 5:14-19, and meeting with Moses and Aaron, lay the blame upon them, Ex 5:20,21, which sends Moses to the Lord to expostulate with him about it, Ex 5:22,23.

Exodus 5:22-23 In-Context

20 When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them,
21 and they said, “May the LORD look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
22 Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me?
23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”

Cross References 2

  • 1. Numbers 11:11; Deuteronomy 1:12; Joshua 7:7
  • 2. Jeremiah 4:10; Jeremiah 20:7; Ezekiel 14:9
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