English Standard Version
Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words.”
King James Bible
Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.
American Standard Version
Let heavier work be laid upon the men, that they may labor therein; and let them not regard lying words.
Let them be oppressed, with works, and let them fulfill them: that they may not regard lying words.
English Revised Version
Let heavier work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard lying words.
Webster's Bible Translation
Let more work be laid upon the men, that they may labor therein: and let them not regard vain words.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The messengers founded their request upon the fact that the God of the Hebrews had met them (נקרא, vid., Exodus 3:18), and referred to the punishment which the neglect of the sacrificial festival demanded by God might bring upon the nation. פּן־יפגּענוּ: "lest He strike us (attack us) with pestilence or sword." פּגע: to strike, hit against any one, either by accident or with a hostile intent; ordinarily construed with בּ, also with an accusative, 1 Samuel 10:5, and chosen here probably with reference to נקרא equals נקרה. "Pestilence or sword:" these are mentioned as expressive of a violent death, and as the means employed by the deities, according to the ordinary belief of the nations, to punish the neglect of their worship. The expression "God of the Hebrews," for "God of Israel" (Exodus 5:1), is not chosen as being "more intelligible to the king, because the Israelites were called Hebrews by foreigners, more especially by the Egyptians (Exodus 1:16; Exodus 2:6)," as Knobel supposes, but to convince Pharaoh of the necessity for their going into the desert to keep the festival demanded by their God. In Egypt they might sacrifice to the gods of Egypt, but not to the God of the Hebrews.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Let there more work be laid upon the men. Heb. Let the work be heavy upon the men. vain words.
But the number of bricks that they made in the past you shall impose on them, you shall by no means reduce it, for they are idle. Therefore they cry, 'Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.'
So the taskmasters and the foremen of the people went out and said to the people, "Thus says Pharaoh, 'I will not give you straw.
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