Context13The 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 Pharaohs 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? 16There 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. 17But he said, You are lazy, very lazy; therefore you say, Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD. 18So 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. 20When they left Pharaohs presence, they met Moses and Aaron as they were waiting for them. 21They said to them, May the LORD look upon you and judge you, for you have made us odious in Pharaohs sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.
22Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, O Lord, why have You brought harm to this people? Why did You ever send me? 23Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And the taskmasters were urgent saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.
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.'
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