Exodus 5:18
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New International Version
Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks."

New Living Translation
Now get back to work! No straw will be given to you, but you must still produce the full quota of bricks."

English Standard Version
Go now and work. No straw will be given you, but you must still deliver the same number of bricks.”

New American Standard Bible
"So go now and work; for you will be given no straw, yet you must deliver the quota of bricks."

King James Bible
Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now get to work. No straw will be given to you, but you must produce the same quantity of bricks."

International Standard Version
Now, go! Get to work! And straw won't be given to you, but you are to deliver the same number of bricks!"

NET Bible
So now, get back to work! You will not be given straw, but you must still produce your quota of bricks!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now get back to work! You won't be given any straw, but you must still make the same number of bricks."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Go therefore now and work, for no firewood shall be given you, yet ye shall deliver the tally of bricks.

King James 2000 Bible
Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall you deliver the number of bricks.

American King James Version
Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall you deliver the tale of bricks.

American Standard Version
Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the number of bricks.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Go therefore, and work: straw shall not be given you, and you shall deliver the accustomed number of bricks.

Darby Bible Translation
And now go -- work! and straw shall not be given you, and ye shall deliver the measure of bricks.

English Revised Version
Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.

Webster's Bible Translation
Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the number of bricks.

World English Bible
Go therefore now, and work, for no straw shall be given to you, yet you shall deliver the same number of bricks!"

Young's Literal Translation
and now, go, serve; and straw is not given to you, and the measure of bricks ye do give.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - Go therefore now and work - i.e. "Off with you to the brickfields at once, and get to your own special work of superintendence, which you are neglecting so long as you remain here. It is useless to remain. I reject both of your requests. Straw shall not be given; and the tale of bricks required shall be no less."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Go therefore now, and work,.... Go about your business, attend to your work, even you officers, as well as your people; work yourselves, as well as see that your people do theirs, and do not trouble me with such impertinent applications:

for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks; the usual number of bricks, as the Vulgate Latin version has it; though in Exodus 5:8, it is rendered in that version the measure of bricks, and so another word is translated by them, Exodus 5:14, and perhaps both may be intended, both number and measure; that is, that it was expected and insisted on that they delivered the full number of bricks they used to make, and these of full measure; for bricks were made of different measures, as Vitruvius (p) observes; some among the bricks were of two hands' breadth, others of four, and a third sort of five. See Gill on Exodus 5:7.

(p) Ut supra. (Vide Vitruvium de Architectura, l. 2. c. 3. p. 46)



Exodus 5:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Israelites' Cry
17But he said, "You are lazy, very lazy; therefore you say, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.' 18"So go now and work; for you will be given no straw, yet you must deliver the quota of bricks." 19The foremen of the sons of Israel saw that they were in trouble because they were told, "You must not reduce your daily amount of bricks."…
Cross References
Exodus 5:17
Pharaoh said, "Lazy, that's what you are--lazy! That is why you keep saying, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.'

Exodus 5:19
The Israelite overseers realized they were in trouble when they were told, "You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day."
Treasury of Scripture

Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall you deliver the tale of bricks.

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