Bible: Exodus 5:1-9

5:1

Opposition to the Plan of God

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Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Thus says the Lord, 2  the God of Israel, ‘Release 3  my people so that they may hold a pilgrim feast 4  to me in the desert.’ 5:2 But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord 5  that 6  I should obey him 7  by releasing 8  Israel? I do not know the Lord, 9  and I will not release Israel! 5:3 And they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Let us go a three-day journey 10  into the desert so that we may sacrifice 11  to the Lord our God, so that he does not strike us with plague or the sword.” 12  5:4 The king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you cause the people to refrain from their work? 13  Return to your labor! 5:5 Pharaoh was thinking, 14 The people of the land are now many, and you are giving them rest from their labor.”

5:6 That same day Pharaoh commanded 15  the slave masters and foremen 16  who were 17  over the people: 18  5:7 You must no longer 19  give straw to the people for making bricks 20  as before. 21  Let them go 22  and collect straw for themselves. 5:8 But you must require 23  of them the same quota of bricks that they were making before. 24  Do not reduce it, for they are slackers. 25  That is why they are crying, ‘Let us go sacrifice to our God.’ 5:9 Make the work harder 26  for the men so they will keep at it 27  and pay no attention to lying words! 28 

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