Exodus 5:15
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New International Version
Then the Israelite overseers went and appealed to Pharaoh: "Why have you treated your servants this way?

New Living Translation
So the Israelite foremen went to Pharaoh and pleaded with him. "Please don't treat your servants like this," they begged.

English Standard Version
Then the foremen of the people of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, “Why do you treat your servants like this?

New American Standard Bible
Then the foremen of the sons of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying, "Why do you deal this way with your servants?

King James Bible
Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the Israelite foremen went in and cried for help to Pharaoh: "Why are you treating your servants this way?

International Standard Version
The Israeli supervisors came and cried out to Pharaoh, "Why are you doing this to us?

NET Bible
The Israelite foremen went and cried out to Pharaoh, "Why are you treating your servants this way?

New Heart English Bible
Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, saying, "Why do you deal this way with your servants?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the Israelite foremen complained to Pharaoh. They asked, "Why are you treating us this way?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying: 'Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?

New American Standard 1977
Then the foremen of the sons of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying, “Why do you deal this way with your servants?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the officers of the sons of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Why doest thou deal thus with thy slaves?

King James 2000 Bible
Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Why dealt you thus with your servants?

American King James Version
Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, saying, Why deal you thus with your servants?

American Standard Version
Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the officers of the children of Israel came, and cried out to Pharao, saying: Why dealest thou so with thy servants?

Darby Bible Translation
Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, saying, Why dost thou deal thus with thy bondmen?

English Revised Version
Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, saying, Why dealest thou thus with thy servants?

World English Bible
Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, saying, "Why do you deal this way with your servants?

Young's Literal Translation
And the authorities of the sons of Israel come in and cry unto Pharaoh, saying, 'Why dost thou thus to thy servants?
Study Bible
The Israelites' Cry
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?" 15Then the foremen of the sons of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying, "Why do you deal this way with your servants? 16"There is no straw given to your servants, yet they keep saying to us, 'Make bricks!' And behold, your servants are being beaten; but it is the fault of your own people."…
Cross References
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?"

Exodus 5:16
"There is no straw given to your servants, yet they keep saying to us, 'Make bricks!' And behold, your servants are being beaten; but it is the fault of your own people."
Treasury of Scripture

Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, saying, Why deal you thus with your servants?

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(15) The officers . . . came and cried unto Pharaoh.--The Egyptian monarchs were accessible to all. It was a part of their duty to hear complaints personally; and they, for the most part, devoted to this employment the earlier hours of each day (see Herod. ii. 173;. Those who came to them generally cried to them for justice, as is the Oriental wont.

Verses 15-19. - Smarting under the sense of injustice, the Israelite officers "came and cried to Pharaoh" (ver. 15), supposing that he could not have intended such manifest unfairness and cruelty. They were conscious to themselves of having done their utmost, and of having failed simply because the thing required was impossible. Surely the king would understand this, if they pointed it out, and would either allow straw as before, or diminish the number of the bricks. But the king had no desire for justice, and did not even pretend to it. He asked for no particulars, ordered no inquiry into the ground of complaint; but turned upon the complainants with the cuckoo cry - "Idle, idle yourselves - else ye had no time to come here; go, work - go, work." Then the officers felt that they were indeed "in evil case" (ver. 19) - the king was determined not to do justice - no hope remained - they must be beaten again and again, until they died of the punishment (ver. 21). Verse 15. - Came and cried. The shrill "cry" of Orientals when making complaint has often been noticed by travellers, and is probably here alluded to. To Pharaoh. See the "Introductory paragraph" at the beginning of the chapter, where it has been noticed that complainants had free access to the presence of Egyptian kings. Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh,.... Made their complaints to him, perhaps with tears in their eyes, being used so very ill. They little thought it was by Pharaoh's orders; they supposed he knew nothing of it, and therefore hoped to have their grievances redressed by him, but were mistaken:

saying, wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants? so they call themselves, they living in his country, and being under his jurisdiction, though not properly his subjects; however, he had made them his slaves, and so indeed even bondservants. 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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