1 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.'" 2And 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." 3And 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." 4And the king of Egypt said unto them, "Why do ye, Moses and Aaron, delay the people from their work? Get you unto your burdens!" 5And Pharaoh said, "Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens!" 6And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying, 7"Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8And the tally of bricks which they made heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish any thereof. For they are idle; therefore they cry, saying, `Let us go and sacrifice to our God.' 9Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labor therein, and let them not regard vain words." 10And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spoke to the people, saying, "Thus saith Pharaoh: `I will not give you straw. 11Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it; yet not any of your work shall be diminished.'" 12So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw. 13And the taskmasters hastened them, saying, "Fulfill your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw." 14And the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were demanded, "Why have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and today, as heretofore?" 15Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, "Why dealest thou thus with thy servants? 16There 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." 17But he said, "Ye are idle, ye are idle! Therefore ye say, `Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.' 18Go therefore now and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tally of bricks." 19And the officers of the children of Israel saw that they were in evil straits after it was said, "Ye shall not diminish any from your bricks of your daily task." 20And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way as they came forth from Pharaoh. 21And 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." 22And Moses returned unto the LORD and said, "Lord, why hast Thou so evilly treated this people? Why is it that Thou hast sent me? 23For 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."