1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.
2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.
3 And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice to the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
4 And the king of Egypt said to them, Why do ye, Moses and Aaron, loose the people from their works? go to your burdens.
5 And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.
6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,
7 Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as before: let them go and gather straw for themselves.
8 And the number of the bricks, which they made before, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish any of it: for they are idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.
9 Let more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour in it; and let them not regard vain words.
10 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spoke to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.
11 Go ye, get for yourselves straw where ye can find it: yet not any of your work shall be diminished.
12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
13 And the taskmasters hastened them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.
14 And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Why have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as before?
15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, saying, Why dealest thou thus with thy servants?
16 There is no straw given to thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thy own people.
17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.
18 Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the number of bricks.
19 And the officers of the children of Israel saw that they were in trouble, after it was said, Ye shall not diminish the number of your bricks of your daily task.
20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:
21 And they said to them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made us odious in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hands to slay us.
22 And Moses returned to the LORD, and said, Lord, why hast thou so oppressed this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?
23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.