- 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 unto me in the wilderness.
Then Moses and Aaron went to pharaoh and said….thus said the Lord (the Lord said this…) of the Israel. Let my people go, so that they will hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. This is what God wanted from them.
- 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.
And pharaoh responded. Who is the Lord that I should let ‘his people’ go? I don’t know this lord, and I’m not letting Israel go.
- 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 unto the Lord our God ; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
Moses and Aaron then spoke…the God of the Hebrews met us, so please, let us go. It will take us a three day jour eh to make it through the wilderness and sacrifice to our God, else we suffer, injure or die.
- And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.
And pharaoh said…is that why you let your people rest from their work? Continue working!
- And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.
Pharaoh them said…(probably to his staff) the people of the land are now many, and yet you let them rest from their work.
- And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,
- Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.
- And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish aught thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.
And Pharaoh gave an order to the taskmasters and officers, telling them not to give straw to the Hebrews to make brick that the Hebrews should go and gather straw themselves and make brick, and they must meet the daily production requirement, because they are idle, they think about going to make sacrifice to their God.
- Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labor therein; and let them not regard vain words.
Give the men more work to do, so they won’t have time to listen to vain words (words of Moses and Aaron)
- And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.
Then the taskmasters and officers told the Hebrews, we will not give you straw.
- Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not aught of your work shall be diminished.
Go and gather straw where you can find it, and you must still meet production requirement.
- So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
And the people went to all ends of Egypt to get her stubble and not straw (left overs of harvested crops in stalk like form)
- And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.
And the taskmasters said…perform your duties just as in the day when there was straw.
- And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and today, as heretofore?
And the officers appointed amongst the children of Israel (like group leader or the one responsible) were beaten and asked…why didn’t you fulfil your duties? Why haven’t you made brick, why are you not meeting the requirement?
- Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?
And the officers amongst the children of Israel went to pharaoh and said… Why are you doing this to us?
- There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.
They tell us…make brick…but they do not give us straw and yet they beat us even when the fault is from them.
- But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the Lord.
And pharaoh said…it’s because you are idle. If you weren’t idle you wouldn’t have been able to say ‘let us go and sacrifice to our God’
- Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.
So now, go and work, because we are not giving you straw, go and make bricks
- And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish aught from your bricks of your daily task.
And the officers amongst the Children of Israel saw that they were in a serious situation, and it was said unto them that the daily requirement of bricks must not reduce. They must produce to meet the requirements.
- And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:
And the officers met Moses and Aaron when they were coming back from pharaoh.
- and they said unto them, The Lord look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savor to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.
And the officers looked at Moses and Aaron and said…the Lord look at you and judge you because you have brought bitterness upon us and have given them a means of killing us.
- 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?
And Moses went back to God and said…why has so much evil met with this people…why did you send me?
- 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.
From the very moment I came to pharaoh in your name, he has been doing more evil to your people and you haven’t delivered your people one bit.