Exodus 5:6
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That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people:

King James Bible
And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

Darby Bible Translation
And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

World English Bible
The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And Pharaoh commandeth, on that day, the exactors among the people and its authorities, saying,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The task-masters of the people and their officers - The task-masters were Egyptians, (see Clarke on Exodus 1:11 (note)), the officers were Hebrews; see Clarke below Exodus 5:14 (note). But it is probable that the task-masters Exodus 1:11, who are called שרי מסים sarey missim, princes of the burdens or taxes, were different from those termed taskmasters here, as the words are different; נגשים nogesim signifies exactors or oppressors - persons who exacted from them an unreasonable proportion either of labor or money.

Officers - שטרים shoterim; those seem to have been an inferior sort of officers, who attended on superior officers or magistrates to execute their orders. They are supposed to have been something like our sheriffs.

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taskmasters. oppressors. These taskmasters were Egyptians, but the officers were Hebrews.

Exodus 5:10,13,14,15,19 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spoke to the people, saying, Thus said Pharaoh...

Exodus 1:11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities...

Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regards the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

officers. {Shoterim,} from the Arabic {saytara,} to overlook, superintend, seems to denote, as {musaytar} in Arabic also does, overseers, superintendents. They may have been somewhat like the chiefs of trades, who are found in every city in the East; where every trade has a head, who is entrusted with authority over them, and is in some measure answerable for them to Government.

Exodus 2:14 And he said, Who made you a prince and a judge over us? intend you to kill me, as you killed the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said...

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[Illustration: (drop cap G) The Great Pyramid] God always chooses the right kind of people to do His work. Not only so, He always gives to those whom He chooses just the sort of life which will best prepare them for the work He will one day call them to do. That is why God put it into the heart of Pharaoh's daughter to bring up Moses as her own son in the Egyptian palace. The most important part of Moses' training was that his heart should be right with God, and therefore he was allowed to remain
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Exodus 1:11
So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.

Exodus 3:7
The LORD said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

Exodus 5:7
"You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.

Exodus 5:10
Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, "This is what Pharaoh says: 'I will not give you any more straw.

Exodus 5:13
The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, "Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw."

Exodus 5:14
And Pharaoh's slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers they had appointed, demanding, "Why haven't you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?"

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