New American Standard Bible
But he said, "You are lazy, very lazy; therefore 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.
Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Ye are idle, idle! therefore ye say, Let us go and sacrifice to Jehovah.
World English Bible
But he said, "You are idle! You are idle! Therefore you say, 'Let us go and sacrifice to Yahweh.'
Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'Remiss -- ye are remiss, therefore ye are saying, Let us go, let us sacrifice to Jehovah;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Ye are idle - The old Egyptian language abounds in epithets which show contempt for idleness. The charge was equally offensive and ingenious; one which would be readily believed by Egyptians who knew how much public and private labors were impeded by festivals and other religious ceremonies. Among the great sins which, according to Egyptian belief, involved condemnation in the final judgment, idleness is twice mentioned.
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
"But the quota of bricks which they were making previously, you shall impose on them; you are not to reduce any of it. Because they are lazy, therefore they cry out, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.'
"There is no straw given to your servants, yet they keep saying to us, 'Make bricks!' And behold, your servants are being beaten; but it is the fault of your own people."
"So go now and work; for you will be given no straw, yet you must deliver the quota of bricks."
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