English Standard Version
But he said, “You are idle, you are idle; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.’
King James Bible
But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.
American Standard Version
But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and sacrifice to Jehovah.
And he said: You are idle, and therefore you say: Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.
English Revised Version
But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.
Webster's Bible Translation
But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go, and do sacrifice to the LORD.
Exodus 5:17 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
"Let the work be heavy (press heavily) upon the people, and they shall make with it (i.e., stick to their work), and not look at lying words." By "lying words" the king meant the words of Moses, that the God of Israel had appeared to him, and demanded a sacrificial festival from His people. In Exodus 5:11 special emphasis is laid upon אתּם "ye:" "Go, ye yourselves, fetch your straw," not others for you as heretofore; "for nothing is taken (diminished) from your work." The word כּי for has been correctly explained by Kimchi as supposing a parenthetical thought, et quidem alacriter vobis eundum est.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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.'
No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, 'Make bricks!' And behold, your servants are beaten; but the fault is in your own people."
Go now and work. No straw will be given you, but you must still deliver the same number of bricks."
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