Exodus 5:6
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English Standard Version
The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their foremen,

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

American Standard Version
And the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore he commanded the same day the overseers of the works, and the taskmasters of the people, saying:

English Revised Version
And the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
And Pharaoh commanded the same day the task-masters of the people, and their officers, saying,

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

After the removal of the sin, which had excited the threatening wrath of Jehovah, Moses once more received a token of the divine favour in the arrival of Aaron, under the direction of God, to meet him at the Mount of God (Exodus 3:1). To Aaron he related all the words of Jehovah, with which He had sent (commissioned) him (שׁלח with a double accusative, as in 2 Samuel 11:22; Jeremiah 42:5), and all the signs which He had commanded him (צוּה also with a double accusative, as in Genesis 6:22). Another proof of the favour of God consisted of the believing reception of his mission on the part of the elders and the people of Israel. "The people believed" (ויּאמן) when Aaron communicated to them the words of Jehovah to Moses, and did the signs in their presence. "And when they heard that Jehovah had visited the children of Israel, and had looked upon their affliction, they bowed and worshipped." (Knobel is wrong in proposing to alter ישׁמעוּ into ישׂמחוּ, according to the Sept. rendering, καὶ ἐχάρη). The faith of the people, and the worship by which their faith was expressed, proved that the promise of the fathers still lived in their hearts. And although this faith did not stand the subsequent test (Exodus 5), yet, as the first expression of their feelings, it bore witness to the fact that Israel was willing to follow the call of God.

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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...

Cross References
Exodus 1:11
Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses.

Exodus 3:7
Then the LORD said, "I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings,

Exodus 5:7
"You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves.

Exodus 5:10
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.

Exodus 5:13
The taskmasters were urgent, saying, "Complete your work, your daily task each day, as when there was straw."

Exodus 5:14
And the foremen of the people of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were asked, "Why have you not done all your task of making bricks today and yesterday, as in the past?"

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