And the king of EgyptEgyptsaidsaid to them, Why do you, MosesMoses and AaronAaron, take the people away from their workwork? get back to your workwork.
And PharaohPharaohsaidsaid, Truly, the people of the landland are increasing in number, and you are keeping them back from their work.
The same daydayPharaohPharaoh gave ordersorders to the overseers and those who were responsible for the work, saying,
7GiveGive these men no more dry stemsstems for their brick-making as you have been doing; let them gogo and get the material for themselves.
But seesee that they make the same number of bricks as before, and no less: for they have no love for work; and so they are crying out and saying, Let ususgogo and make an offering to our GodGod.
Give the men harder work, and seesee that they do it; let them not give attention to false wordswords.
And the overseers of the people and their responsible men went out and saidsaid to the people, PharaohPharaohsayssays, I will givegive you no more dry stemsstems.
11GoGo yourselves and get dry stemsstems wherever you are able; for your work is not to be any less.
So the people were sent in all directions through the landland of EgyptEgypt to get dry grassgrass for stemsstems.
And the overseers went on driving them and saying, Do your fullfulldayday's workwork as before when there were dry stemsstems for you.
And the responsible men of the childrenchildren of IsraelIsrael, whom Pharaoh'sPharaoh's overseers had putput over them, were given blows, and they saidsaid to them, Why have you not done your regular work, in making bricks as before?
They givegiveusus no dry stemsstems and they saysay to usus, Make bricks: and they givegive your servantsservants blows; but it is your people who are in the wrong.
But he saidsaid, You have no love for work: that is why you saysay, Let ususgogo and make an offering to the Lordthe Lord.
18GoGo now, get back to your work; no dry stemsstems will be givengiven to you, but you are to make the fullfull number of bricks.
Then the responsible men of the childrenchildren of IsraelIsraelsawsaw that they were purposing evilevil when they saidsaid, The number of bricks which you have to make every dayday will be no less than before.
And they came face to face with MosesMoses and AaronAaron, who were in their wayway when they came out from PharaohPharaoh: