Exodus 5:5
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New International Version
Then Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working."

New Living Translation
Look, there are many of your people in the land, and you are stopping them from their work."

English Standard Version
And Pharaoh said, “Behold, the people of the land are now many, and you make them rest from their burdens!”

New American Standard Bible
Again Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now many, and you would have them cease from their labors!"

King James Bible
And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pharaoh also said, "Look, the people of the land are so numerous, and you would stop them from working."

International Standard Version
Then Pharaoh said, "Look, the people in the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working."

NET Bible
Pharaoh was thinking, "The people of the land are now many, and you are giving them rest from their labor."

New Heart English Bible
Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now many, and you make them rest from their burdens."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Pharaoh added, "Look how many people there are in the land! Do you want them to quit working?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Pharaoh said: 'Behold, the people of the land are now many, and will ye make them rest from their burdens?'

New American Standard 1977
Again Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now many, and you would have them cease from their labors!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Pharaoh also said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them cease from their burdens.

King James 2000 Bible
And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and you make them rest from their burdens.

American King James Version
And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and you make them rest from their burdens.

American Standard Version
And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land are now many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Pharao said: The people of the land is numerous: you see that the multitude is increased: how much more if you give them rest from their works?

Darby Bible Translation
And Pharaoh said, Behold the people of the land are now many, and ye wish to make them rest from their burdens.

English Revised Version
And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land are now many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.

World English Bible
Pharaoh said, "Behold, the people of the land are now many, and you make them rest from their burdens."

Young's Literal Translation
Pharaoh also saith, 'Lo, numerous now is the people of the land, and ye have caused them to cease from their burdens!'
Study Bible
Pharaoh's First Refusal
4But the king of Egypt said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why do you draw the people away from their work? Get back to your labors!" 5Again Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are now many, and you would have them cease from their labors!" 6So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters over the people and their foremen, saying,…
Cross References
Exodus 1:7
But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them.

Exodus 1:9
He said to his people, "Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we.

Exodus 2:11
Now it came about in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

1 Kings 12:14
and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions."
Treasury of Scripture

And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and you make them rest from their burdens.

Exodus 1:7-11 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, …

Proverbs 14:28 In the multitude of people is the king's honor: but in the want of …

(5) And Pharaoh said.--Moses and Aaron having retired, re infect, Pharaoh turns to the officers of his court and reproaches them with allowing the Hebrews to be idle. They have time to hold meetings (Exodus 4:30-31), and listen to inflammatory harangues, and depute leaders to make very inconvenient proposals--why are they not kept closer to their tasks? Some change of system is requisite.

Make them rest.--Rather, "let them rest."

Verse 5. - The people are many. This is added as an aggravation of the offence charged in the last verse. The people are numerous. Therefore the greater damage is done to the crown by putting a stop to their labours. With these words the first interview between the Israelite leaders and the Egyptian monarch ends. Moses and Aaron, we must suppose, retired discomfited from the royal presence.

CHAPTER 5:6-9 And Pharaoh said, behold, the people of the land now are many,.... So that if some were taken off, as suggested, there were enough of them to do business and so he cared not; but if allowed to go, they might mutiny and rebel, and give a great deal of trouble to quell them; or it may be, the sense is, they were very numerous, and too numerous already, and if they were took off of their work, and allowed to go a feasting, they would be more so, which agrees with the next clause:

and you make them rest from their burdens; which was the way to make them more numerous still, and to frustrate the design of laying burdens upon them, which was originally intended to hinder the multiplication of them, Exodus 1:9. 5:1-9 God will own his people, though poor and despised, and will find a time to plead their cause. Pharaoh treated all he had heard with contempt. He had no knowledge of Jehovah, no fear of him, no love to him, and therefore refused to obey him. Thus Pharaoh's pride, ambition, covetousness, and political knowledge, hardened him to his own destruction. What Moses and Aaron ask is very reasonable, only to go three days' journey into the desert, and that on a good errand. We will sacrifice unto the Lord our God. Pharaoh was very unreasonable, in saying that the people were idle, and therefore talked of going to sacrifice. He thus misrepresents them, that he might have a pretence to add to their burdens. To this day we find many who are more disposed to find fault with their neighbours, for spending in the service of God a few hours spared from their wordly business, than to blame others, who give twice the time to sinful pleasures. Pharaoh's command was barbarous. Moses and Aaron themselves must get to the burdens. Persecutors take pleasure in putting contempt and hardship upon ministers. The usual tale of bricks must be made, without the usual allowance of straw to mix with the clay. Thus more work was to be laid upon the men, which, if they performed, they would be broken with labour; and if not, they would be punished.
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