8 But you shall requireL of them the same quantityLI of bricks as they have madeLII previously;LIII do not diminishLIV it, for they are lazy;LV that is why they cry,LVI ‘Let us goLVII and offer sacrifice to our God.’
10 So the taskmasters and the supervisors of the people went outLXV and said to the people, “Thus says Pharaoh, ‘I will not give you straw. 11 Go and getLXVI straw yourselves, wherever you can findLXVII it; but your work will not be lessenedLXVIII in the least.’”LXIX
12 So the people scatteredLXX throughoutLXXI the land of Egypt, to gather stubbleLXXII for straw.
13 The taskmasters were urgent,LXXIII saying, “CompleteLXXIV your work, the same dailyLXXV assignmentLXXVI as when you were givenLXXVII straw.”
14 And the supervisors of the Israelites,LXXVIII whom Pharaoh’s taskmasters had setLXXIX over them, were beaten,LXXX and were asked, “Why did you not finishLXXXI the required quantityLXXXII of bricks yesterdayLXXXIII and today,LXXXIV as you did before?”
15 Then the Israelite supervisors cameLXXXV to Pharaoh and cried, “Why do you treatLXXXVI your servantsLXXXVII like this? 16 No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, ‘Make bricks!’ LookLXXXVIII how your servants are beaten! You are unjustLXXXIX to your own people.”
17 He said, “You are lazy, lazy; that is why you say, ‘Let us goXC and sacrifice to the Lord.’ 18 Go now, and work;XCI for no straw shall be given you, but you shall still deliverXCII the same numberXCIII of bricks.”
19 The Israelite supervisors sawXCIV that they were in troubleXCV when they were told, “You shall not lessen your daily numberXCVI of bricks.”
20 As they leftXCVII Pharaoh, they came uponXCVIII Moses and Aaron who were waitingXCIX to meetC them.
Image credit: “Baby Moses is Rescued and Grows Up” by Sue Bentley, 2015.