New American Standard Bible
So the people scattered through all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.
King James Bible
So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
Darby Bible Translation
And the people were scattered abroad throughout the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.
World English Bible
So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.
Young's Literal Translation
And the people is scattered over all the land of Egypt, to gather stubble for straw,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Stubble instead of straw - Rather, for the straw: i. e. to be prepared as straw. This marks the season of the year, namely, early spring, after the barley or wheat harvest, toward the end of April. Their suffering must have been severe: at that season the pestilential sand-wind blows over Egypt some 50 days, hence, its name - Chamsin. (compare Genesis 41:6 note).
The book of Exodus--so named in the Greek version from the march of Israel out of Egypt--opens upon a scene of oppression very different from the prosperity and triumph in which Genesis had closed. Israel is being cruelly crushed by the new dynasty which has arisen in Egypt (i.) and the story of the book is the story of her redemption. Ultimately it is Israel's God that is her redeemer, but He operates largely by human means; and the first step is the preparation of a deliverer, Moses, whose parentage, …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
1 Corinthians 3:12
Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
You go and get straw for yourselves wherever you can find it, but none of your labor will be reduced.'"
The taskmasters pressed them, saying, "Complete your work quota, your daily amount, just as when you had straw."
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