THE SECOND BOOKE OF Moses, called Exodus. Chapter 5
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1 Pharaoh chideth Moses and Aaron for their message. 5 Hee encreaseth the Israelites taske. 15 Hee checketh their complaints. 19 They cry out vpon Moses and Aaron. 22 Moses complaineth to God.
1And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and tolde Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people goe, that they may holde a feast vnto mee in the wildernesse.
2And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voyce to let Israel goe? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel goe.
3And they said, The God of the Hebrewes hath met with vs: let vs goe, we pray thee, three dayes iourney into the desert, and sacrifice vnto the Lord our God, lest hee fall vpon vs with pestilence, or with the sword.3
4And the King of Egypt said vnto them, Wherfore doe ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their workes? get you vnto your burdens.
5And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, & you make them rest from their burdens.
6And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taske-masters of the people, and their officers, saying;
7Yee shall no more giue the people straw to make bricke, as heretofore: let them goe and gather straw for themselues.
8And the tale of the brickes which they did make heretofore, you shall lay vpon them: you shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us goe and sacrifice to our God.
9Let there more worke be layde vpon the men, that they may labour therein, and let them not regard vaine wordes.9
10¶ And the taske-masters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not giue you straw.
11Goe ye, get you straw where you can find it: yet not ought of your worke shall be diminished.
12So the people were scattered abroad throughout al the land of Egypt, to gather stubble in stead of straw.
13And the taske-masters hasted them, saying; Fulfill your workes, your dayly taskes, as when there was straw.13
14And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaohs task-masters had set ouer them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore haue ye not fulfilled your taske, in making bricke, both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?
15¶ Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cryed vnto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy seruants?
16There is no straw giuen vnto thy seruants, and they say to vs, Make bricke: and beholde, thy seruants are beaten; but the fault is in thine owne people.
17But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let vs goe and doe sacrifice to the Lord.
18Goe therefore now and worke: for there shall no straw bee giuen you, yet shall ye deliuer the tale of brickes.
19And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in euill case, after it was said, Yee shall not minish ought from your brickes of your dayly taske.
20¶ And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came foorth from Pharaoh.
21And they said vnto them; The Lord looke vpon you, and iudge, because you haue made our sauour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his seruants, to put a sword in their hand to slay vs.21
22And Moses returned vnto the Lord, and said, Lord, Wherefore hast thou so euill intreated this people? Why is it that thou hast sent me?
23For since I came to Pharaoh to speake in thy Name, he hath done euill to this people, neither hast thou deliuered thy people at all.23
Original 1611 KJV Sidenote References for Exodus Chapter 5
3 Chap.3. 18.
9 Heb. let the worke be heauy vpon the men.
13 Hebr. a matter of a day in his day.
21 Hebr. to stinke.
23 Heb. deliuering thou hast not deliuered.
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