Pharaoh And The Israelite's

Moses and Aaron went before Pharaoh and spoke to him, saying: "These are the words of the God of Israel: 'Let my people go, so that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.'"
But Pharaoh said:
"Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go. Why do you, Moses and Aaron, interfere with the work of the people? Get back to your tasks. The people of the land are many now, and you make them rest from their labors."
 The same day pharaoh gave orders to the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying:
 "you shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as you have done in the past. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. But the number of bricks which they made before, you are still to demand of them. You shall require as much from them as before, for they are idle. That is why they cry out saying, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.' Let the men be given more work, so that they may have no time to listen to empty talk."
  The taskmasters and officers went out and spoke to the people, saying:
"Pharaoh says, 'I will not give you straw. Go out and get straw where you can find it, for you shall make no fewer bricks than before.'"
  So the people were scattered throughout all the land of Egypt. And their taskmasters kept after them, saying, "Fulfill your works and your daily tasks, as when there was straw." And the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and asked, "Why have you not fulfilled your task of making bricks both yesterday and today, as many as you have made before?"
 So the officers of the children of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying:
 "Why do you deal with your servants in this way? No straw is given to us, and we are told, 'Make bricks.'
We are beaten, but the fault is with your own people."
 "You are idle," Pharaoh answered.
"That is why you say, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.'"
"So go now and work. There shall be no straw given to you. And still you shall have to make us many bricks as before."
 The officers of the children of Israel, seeing that the numbers of bricks to be made was to be no less, went forth from Pharaoh. On their way, they met Moses and Aaron, and they said to them:
"May the Lord look upon you and judge you, because you have made us hateful in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of is servants, so that they want to kill us."

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