Exodus 5:13
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New International Version
The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, "Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw."

New Living Translation
Meanwhile, the Egyptian slave drivers continued to push hard. "Meet your daily quota of bricks, just as you did when we provided you with straw!" they demanded.

English Standard Version
The taskmasters were urgent, saying, “Complete your work, your daily task each day, as when there was straw.”

New American Standard Bible
The taskmasters pressed them, saying, "Complete your work quota, your daily amount, just as when you had straw."

King James Bible
And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The overseers insisted, "Finish your assigned work each day, just as you did when straw was provided."

International Standard Version
The taskmasters pressured them by saying, "Finish your work—each day's quota —just as when you were given straw."

NET Bible
The slave masters were pressuring them, saying, "Complete your work for each day, just like when there was straw!"

New Heart English Bible
The taskmasters kept pressing them, saying, "Fulfill your work quota, your daily amount, as when there was straw."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The slave drivers kept hurrying them. They said, "Finish the same amount of work each day, just as when you had straw."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the taskmasters were urgent, saying: 'Fulfil your work, your daily task, as when there was straw.'

New American Standard 1977
And the taskmasters pressed them, saying, “Complete your work quota, your daily amount, just as when you had straw.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily quotas, as when there was firewood.

King James 2000 Bible
And the taskmasters pushed them, saying, Fulfill your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.

American King James Version
And the taskmasters hurried them, saying, Fulfill your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.

American Standard Version
And the taskmasters were urgent saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the overseers of the works pressed them, saying: Fulfill your work every day as before you were wont to do when straw was given you.

Darby Bible Translation
And the taskmasters urged [them], saying, Fulfil your labours, the daily work, as when there was straw.

English Revised Version
And the taskmasters were urgent, saying, Fulfill your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the task-masters hastened them, saying, Fulfill your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.

World English Bible
The taskmasters were urgent saying, "Fulfill your work quota daily, as when there was straw!"

Young's Literal Translation
and the exactors are making haste, saying, 'Complete your works, the matter of a day in its day, as when there is straw.'
Study Bible
Bricks and Straw
12So the people scattered through all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw. 13The taskmasters pressed them, saying, "Complete your work quota, your daily amount, just as when you had straw." 14Moreover, the foremen of the sons of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were asked, "Why have you not completed your required amount either yesterday or today in making brick as previously?"…
Cross References
Exodus 1:11
So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses.

Exodus 5:6
So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters over the people and their foremen, saying,

Exodus 5:12
So the people scattered through all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.

Exodus 5:14
Moreover, the foremen of the sons of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were asked, "Why have you not completed your required amount either yesterday or today in making brick as previously?"
Treasury of Scripture

And the taskmasters hurried them, saying, Fulfill your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.

daily tasks. Heb. a matter of a day in his day.

(13) The taskmasters hasted them.--The Egyptian monuments show us foreign labourers engaged in brick-making under Egyptian overseers, or "taskmasters," who are armed with sticks, and "haste" the labourers whenever they cease work for the purpose of resting themselves. The overseers are represented as continually saying to the workpeople, "Work without faintness." (See Wilkinson, in Rawlinson's Herodotus, vol. ii. p. 214.)

As when there was straw.--Heb., as when there, was the straw--i.e., as. when the straw was furnished to you.

Verses 13, 14. - The taskmasters hasted them. The Egyptian overseers, armed with rods, went about among the toiling Israelites continually, and "hasted them" by dealing out blows freely on all who made any pause in their work. The unceasing toil lasted from morning to night; yet still the required" tale" could not be produced; and consequently the native officers, whose business it was to produce the "tale," were punished by the bastinado at the close of the day not giving in the proper amount. Kalisch observes - "Even now the Arabic fellahs, whose position is very analogous to that of the Israelites described in our text, are treated by the Turks in the same manner. Arabic overseers have to give an account of the labours of their countrymen to the Turkish taskmasters, who often chastise them mercilessly for the real or imputed cf. fences of the Arabic workmen."

CHAPTER 5:15-19 And the taskmasters hasted them, Kept them tight and close to their work, and were urgent on them to make quick dispatch of it:

saying, fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw; they insisted upon it, that they did the same business at the brickkilns, made the same number of bricks every day, as they used to do when they had straw at hand. See Exodus 5:11. 13-19. And the taskmasters hasted them … officers … beaten—As the nearest fields were bared and the people had to go farther for stubble, it was impossible for them to meet the demand by the usual tale of bricks. "The beating of the officers is just what might have been expected from an Eastern tyrant, especially in the valley of the Nile, as it appears from the monuments, that ancient Egypt, like modern China, was principally governed by the stick" [Taylor]. "The mode of beating was by the offender being laid flat on the ground and generally held by the hands and feet while the chastisement was administered" [Wilkinson]. (De 25:2). A picture representing the Hebrews on a brick field, exactly as described in this chapter, was found in an Egyptian tomb at Thebes.5:10-23 The Egyptian task-masters were very severe. See what need we have to pray that we may be delivered from wicked men. The head-workmen justly complained to Pharaoh: but he taunted them. The malice of Satan has often represented the service and worship of God, as fit employment only for those who have nothing else to do, and the business only of the idle; whereas, it is the duty of those who are most busy in the world. Those who are diligent in doing sacrifice to the Lord, will, before God, escape the doom of the slothful servant, though with men they do not. The Israelites should have humbled themselves before God, and have taken to themselves the shame of their sin; but instead of that, they quarrel with those who were to be their deliverers. Moses returned to the Lord. He knew that what he had said and done, was by God's direction; and therefore appeals to him. When we find ourselves at any time perplexed in the way of our duty, we ought to go to God, and lay open our case before him by fervent prayer. Disappointments in our work must not drive us from our God, but still we must ponder why they are sent.
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