Exodus 5
American Standard Version
Pharaoh's First Refusal

1And afterward Moses and Aaron came, and said unto Pharaoh, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. 2And Pharaoh said, Who is Jehovah, that I should hearken unto his voice to let Israel go? I know not Jehovah, and moreover I will not 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 wilderness, and sacrifice unto Jehovah our God, lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword. 4And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, loose the people from their works? get you unto your burdens. 5And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land are now many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.

Bricks and Straw

6And the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, 7Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8And the number of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish aught thereof: for they are idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God. 9Let heavier work be laid upon the men, that they may labor therein; and let them not regard lying words.

10And 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. 11Go yourselves, get you straw where ye can find it: for nought of your work shall be diminished. 12So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw. 13And the taskmasters were urgent saying, Fulfil 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 demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task both yesterday and to-day, in making brick as heretofore?

The Israelites' Cry

15Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore 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 it in thine own people. 17But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and sacrifice to Jehovah. 18Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the number of bricks. 19And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, when it was said, Ye shall not diminish aught from your bricks, your daily tasks. 20And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh: 21and they said unto them, Jehovah 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 Jehovah, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou dealt ill with this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? 23For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath dealt ill with this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.

Section Headings Courtesy INT Bible
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1. Pharaoh chides Moses and Aaron for their message.
6. He increases the Israelites' task.
16. He ignores their complaints.
19. They cry out to Moses and Aaron.
22. Moses complains to God.
Exodus 1: The Israelites Multiply in Egypt

Exodus 2: The Birth of Moses

Exodus 3: Moses at the Burning Bush

Exodus 4: Moses' Staff

Exodus 5: Pharaoh's First Refusal

Exodus 6: God Promises Deliverance

Exodus 7: I Will Stretch Out My Hand

Exodus 8: The Second Plague: Frogs

Exodus 9: The Fifth Plague: Livestock

Exodus 10: The Eighth Plague: Locusts

Exodus 11: The Plague on the Firstborn Foretold

Exodus 12: The First Passover

Exodus 13: Dedication of the Firstborn

Exodus 14: Pharaoh Pursues the Israelites

Exodus 15: Moses' Song of Deliverance

Exodus 16: Manna and Quail From Heaven

Exodus 17: Water From the Rock

Exodus 18: The Visit of Jethro

Exodus 19: Israel at Mount Sinai

Exodus 20: The Ten Commandments

Exodus 21: Laws for Servants

Exodus 22: Property Laws

Exodus 23: Justice and Mercy

Exodus 24: The Covenant Sealed

Exodus 25: Offerings for the Tabernacle

Exodus 26: The Ten Curtains of the Tabernacle

Exodus 27: The Bronze Altar

Exodus 28: Garments for the Priests

Exodus 29: Consecration of the Priests

Exodus 30: The Altar of Incense

Exodus 31: Bezaleel and Oholiab the Craftsmen

Exodus 32: The Golden Calf

Exodus 33: The Command to Leave Sinai

Exodus 34: The Tablets Are Replaced

Exodus 35: The Sabbath

Exodus 36: The Tabernacle Underwritten

Exodus 37: Constructing The Ark

Exodus 38: The Altar of Burnt Offerings

Exodus 39: The Ephod

Exodus 40: The Tabernacle Set Up

Exodus 4
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