Pharaoh chideth Moses and Aaron for their message.
Exodus 5:1 After these things, Moses and Aaron went in, and said to Pharao: Thus saith the Lord God of Israel: Let my people go, that they may sacrifice to me in the desert. Exodus 5:2 But he answered: Who is the Lord, that I should hear his voice, and let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go. Exodus 5:3 And they said: The God of the Hebrews hath called us, to go three days' journey into the wilderness, and to sacrifice to the Lord our God; lest a pestilence or the sword fall upon us. Exodus 5:4 The king of Egypt said to them: Why do you Moses and Aaron draw off the people from their works? Get you gone to your burdens.
He increaseth the Israelites' task.
Exodus 5:5 And Pharao said: The people of the land are numerous; you see that the multitude is increased; how much more if you give them rest from their works? Exodus 5:6 Therefore he commanded the same day the overseers of the works, and the taskmasters of the people, saying: Exodus 5:7 You shall give straw no more to the people to make brick, as before; but let them go and gather straw. Exodus 5:8 And you shall lay upon them the task of bricks, which they did before; neither shall you diminish any thing thereof, for they are idle, and therefore they cry. saying: Let us go and sacrifice to our God. Exodus 5:9 Let them be oppressed with works, and let them fulfil them; that they may not regard lying words.
Exodus 5:10 And the overseers of the works, and the taskmasters, went out and said to the people: Thus saith Pharao: I allow you no straw; Exodus 5:11 Go, and gather it where you can find it; neither shall any thing of your work be diminished. Exodus 5:12 And the people was scattered through all the land of Egypt to gather straw. Exodus 5:13 And the overseers of the works pressed them, saying: Fulfil your work every day, as before ye were wont to do, when straw was given you. Exodus 5:14 And they that were over the works of the children of Israel, were scourged by Pharao's taskmasters, saying: Why have you not made up the task of bricks, both yesterday and to day, as before?
He checketh their complaints.
Exodus 5:15 And the officers of the children of Israel came, and cried out to Pharao, saying: Why dealest thou so with thy servants? Exodus 5:16 Straw is not given us, and bricks are required of us as before; behold we, thy servants, are beaten with whips, and thy people is unjustly dealt withal. Exodus 5:17 And he said: You are idle, and therefore you say: Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord. Exodus 5:18 Go therefore and work: straw shall not be given you, and you shall deliver the accustomed number of bricks. Exodus 5:19 And the officers of the children of Israel saw that they were in evil case, because it was said to them: There shall not a whit be diminished of the bricks for every day.
They cry out upon Moses and Aaron.
Exodus 5:20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood over against them as they came out from Pharao: Exodus 5:21 And they said to them: The Lord see and judge, because you have, made our savour to stink before Pharao and his servants, and you have given him a sword, to kill us.
Moses complaineth to God.
Exodus 5:22 And Moses returned to the Lord, and said: Lord, why hast thou afflicted this people? wherefore hast thou sent me? Exodus 5:23 For since the time that I went in to Pharao to speak in thy name, he hath afflicted thy people: and thou hast not delivered them.