Exodus 5:5
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!”

Berean Study Bible
Pharaoh also said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you would be stopping them from their labor.”

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.

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

Good News Translation
You people have become more numerous than the Egyptians. And now you want to stop working!"

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Pharao said, Behold now, the people is very numerous; let us not then give them rest from their work.

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 work!” 5Pharaoh also said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you would be stopping them from their labor.”
Cross References
Exodus 1:7
but the Israelites were fruitful and increased abundantly; they multiplied and became exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.

Exodus 1:9
"Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become too numerous and too powerful for us.

Exodus 2:11
One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to his own people and observed their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people.

1 Kings 12:14
and spoke to them as the young men had advised, saying, "Although my father made your yoke heavy, I will add to your yoke. Although my father scourged you with whips, I will scourge 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, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them…

Proverbs 14:28
In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.







Lexicon
Pharaoh
פַּרְעֹ֔ה (par·‘ōh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6547: Pharaoh -- a title of Egypt kings

also said,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Look,
הֵן־ (hên-)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!

the people
עַ֣ם (‘am)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

of the land
הָאָ֑רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

are now numerous,
רַבִּ֥ים (rab·bîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7227: Much, many, great

and you would be stopping
וְהִשְׁבַּתֶּ֥ם (wə·hiš·bat·tem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7673: To repose, desist from exertion

them
אֹתָ֖ם (’ō·ṯām)
Direct object marker | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

from their labor.”
מִסִּבְלֹתָֽם׃ (mis·siḇ·lō·ṯām)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5450: Porterage
(5) And Pharaoh said.--Moses and Aaron having retired, re infecta, 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 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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