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

New Living Translation
“Do not supply any more straw for making bricks. Make the people get it themselves!

English Standard Version
“You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves.

Berean Study Bible
“You shall no longer supply the people with straw for making bricks. They must go and gather their own straw.

King James Bible
Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

New King James Version
“You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves.

New American Standard Bible
“You are no longer to give the people straw to make bricks as previously; have them go and gather straw for themselves.

NASB 1995
“You are no longer to give the people straw to make brick as previously; let them go and gather straw for themselves.

NASB 1977
“You are no longer to give the people straw to make brick as previously; let them go and gather straw for themselves.

Amplified Bible
“You will no longer give the people straw to make brick as before; let them go and gather straw for themselves.

Christian Standard Bible
“Don’t continue to supply the people with straw for making bricks, as before. They must go and gather straw for themselves.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don’t continue to supply the people with straw for making bricks, as before. They must go and gather straw for themselves.

American Standard Version
Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“You may not add to give straw to the people to cast bricks as it has been done and like they were doing; they shall depart and they will collect straw for themselves.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Ye shall no longer give straw to the people for brick-making as yesterday and the third day; but let them go themselves, and collect straw for themselves.

Contemporary English Version
Don't give the slaves any more straw to put in their bricks. Force them to find their own straw wherever they can,

Douay-Rheims Bible
You shall give straw no more to the people to make brick, as before: but let them go and gather straw.

Good News Translation
"Stop giving the people straw for making bricks. Make them go and find it for themselves.

International Standard Version
"You're no longer to give the people straw for making bricks, as in the past. They must gather straw for themselves.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore. Let them go and gather straw for themselves.

Literal Standard Version
“You do not add to give straw to the people for the making of the bricks as before—they go and have gathered straw for themselves;

New American Bible
“You shall no longer supply the people with straw for their brickmaking as before. Let them go and gather their own straw!

NET Bible
"You must no longer give straw to the people for making bricks as before. Let them go and collect straw for themselves.

New Revised Standard Version
“You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as before; let them go and gather straw for themselves.

New Heart English Bible
"You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick, as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves.

World English Bible
"You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick, as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves.

Young's Literal Translation
'Ye do not add to give straw to the people for the making of the bricks, as heretofore -- they go and have gathered straw for themselves;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Bricks and Straw
6That same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their foremen: 7“You shall no longer supply the people with straw for making bricks. They must go and gather their own straw. 8But require of them the same quota of bricks as before; do not reduce it. For they are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’…

Cross References
Genesis 11:3
And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly." So they used brick instead of stone, and tar instead of mortar.

Exodus 5:6
That same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their foremen:

Exodus 5:8
But require of them the same quota of bricks as before; do not reduce it. For they are lazy; that is why they are crying out, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.'


Treasury of Scripture

You shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

straw.











(7) Straw to make brick.--"The use of crude brick was general in Egypt for dwelling-houses, tombs, and ordinary buildings, the walls of towns, fortresses, and the sacred enclosures of temples, and for all purposes where stone was not required, which last was nearly confined to temples, quays, and reservoirs" (Wilkinson, in Rawlinson's Herodotus, vol. ii. p. 213). These crude bricks were always made of the mud of the Nile, mixed with chopped straw, which served to bind them together (Rosellini, Monumenti Civili, vol. ii. p. 252).

Let them go and gather straw.--It has been estimated that this requirement would "more than double" the people's toils (Canon Cook). They would have to disperse themselves over the harvest fields, often lying at a considerable distance from the brick-fields, to detach the straw from the soil, gather it into bundles, and convey it to the scene of their ordinary labours. Having done this they were then required to complete the ordinary "tale."

Verse 7. - Straw to make brick. Straw was used in Egypt to bind together the clay, or mud, which was, of course, the main material of the bricks. (See Wilkinson, in the author's 'Herodotus,' vol. 2. p. 2130 It is usually chopped into small pieces. Let them go and gather straw. This would involve the leaving of the brickfields, and the scattering of the people over the harvest-grounds, where alone they would be able to find straw in any quantity. There are so many harvests in Egypt, that straw would perhaps be obtainable somewhere during the greater part of the year.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“You shall no
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

longer
תֹאסִפ֞וּן (ṯō·si·p̄ūn)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's 3254: To add, augment

supply
לָתֵ֨ת (lā·ṯêṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

the people
לָעָ֛ם (lā·‘ām)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

with straw
תֶּ֧בֶן (te·ḇen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8401: Material, refuse haum, stalks of grain

for making
לִלְבֹּ֥ן (lil·bōn)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3835: To be, white, to make bricks

bricks.
הַלְּבֵנִ֖ים (hal·lə·ḇê·nîm)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 3843: Brick, tile

They
הֵ֚ם (hêm)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1992: They

must go
יֵֽלְכ֔וּ (yê·lə·ḵū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

and gather
וְקֹשְׁשׁ֥וּ (wə·qō·šə·šū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7197: To forage for, straw, stubble, wood, to assemble

their own
לָהֶ֖ם (lā·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew

straw.
תֶּֽבֶן׃ (te·ḇen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8401: Material, refuse haum, stalks of grain


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