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Exodus 5

Pharaoh chideth Moses and Aaron for their message.

Exodus 5:1 Afterwarde wente Moses & Aaron, & spake vnto Pharao: Thus sayeth the LORDE the God of Israel: let my people go, yt they maye kepe holy daye vnto me in the wildernes. Exodus 5:2 Pharao answered: What felowe is the LORDE, that I must heare his voyce, and let Israel go? Exodus 5:3 I knowe not the LORDE, nether wil I let Israel go. They sayde: The God of the Hebrues hath called vs. Let vs go now therfore thre dayes iourney in the wildernes, & do sacrifice vnto the LORDE or God, yt there happen not vnto vs pestilece or swerde. Exodus 5:4 The sayde ye kynge of Egipte vnto the: Why make ye ye people (thou Moses & Aaron) to leaue their worke? Get you hece to yor laboure.

He increaseth the Israelites' task.

Exodus 5:5 Pharao saide morouer: Beholde, ye people are to many in ye lande, and yet wil ye byd them ceasse from their laboure. Exodus 5:6 The same daye therfore dyd Pharao comaunde the workmasters of the people, and their officers, and sayde: Exodus 5:7 Ye shal not gather and geue the people eny more strawe, to burne bryck, as yesterdaye and yeryesterdaye. Let them go, and gather them strawe them selues. Exodus 5:8 And the nombre of the brycke which they made yesterdaye & yeryesterdaye, shall ye laye vpon them neuertheles, and mynish nothinge therof: for they are ydle. Therfore crye they and saye: We wil go, and do sacrifice vnto oure God. Exodus 5:9 Let the men be kepte downe wt laboure, yt they maye haue to do, & not to turne them selues to false wordes.

Exodus 5:10 Then wente the workmasters of the people & their officers out, & spake vnto the people: Thus sayeth Pharao: There shall no strawe be geuen you, Exodus 5:11 go youre waye youre selues, and get you strawe, where ye can fynde it. But of youre labor there shall nothinge be mynished. Exodus 5:12 Then were the people scatred in all ye lande of Egipte, to gather stubble, that they might haue strawe. Exodus 5:13 And the workmasters haistied them forwarde, & sayde: Fulfill yor daye worke, like as whan ye had strawe. Exodus 5:14 And the officers of ye children of Israel, whom Pharaos worckmasters had set ouer them, were beaten, & it was saide vnto them: Wherfore haue ye not fulfilled yor appoynted daye worke to daye and yesterdaye, like as in tymes past?

He checketh their complaints.

Exodus 5:15 Than wente the officers of the children of Israel, & coplayned vnto Pharao: Wherfore wilt thou deale thus wt thy seruauntes? Exodus 5:16 Thy seruauntes haue no strawe geuen the, & yet must we make the brycke that are appoynted vs. And beholde, thy seruauntes are beaten, & thy people are euell intreated. Exodus 5:17 Pharao sayde: Ye are ydle, ydle are ye, therfore saye ye: we will go, and do sacrifice vnto the LORDE. Exodus 5:18 Go now yor waye therfore, & worke: there shall no strawe be geuen you, but the nombre of brycke shal ye delyuer. Exodus 5:19 Then sawe the officers of the children of Israel, yt it was not amended, for it was sayde: ye shal mynish nothinge of the daye worke of the brycke.

They cry out upon Moses and Aaron.

Exodus 5:20 And whan Moses & Aaron wente from Pharao, they came forth to mete them, Exodus 5:21 & sayde vnto them: The LORDE loke vpon you, & iudge it, for ye haue made the sauoure of vs to stynke before Pharao and his seruauntes, and haue geuen them a swerde in their handes, to slaye vs.

Moses complaineth to God.

Exodus 5:22 But Moses came agayne vnto the LORDE, and sayde: LORDE, wherfore dealest thou so euell wt this people? Wherfore hast thou sent me? Exodus 5:23 For sence the tyme that I wente in vnto Pharao, to speake vnto him in thy name, he hath dealt euell with this people, and thou hast not delyuered yi people.

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