New International Version
So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw.
King James Bible
So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
Darby Bible Translation
And the people were scattered abroad throughout the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.
World English Bible
So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.
Young's Literal Translation
And the people is scattered over all the land of Egypt, to gather stubble for straw,
Exodus 5:12 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And the tale of the bricks - Tale signifies the number, from the Anglo-Saxon to number, to count, etc.
For they be idle; therefore they cry - Let us go and sacrifice - Thus their desire to worship the true God in a proper manner was attributed to their unwillingness to work; a reflection which the Egyptians (in principle) of the present day cast on these who, while they are fervent in spirit serving the Lord, are not slothful in business. See Clarke below Exodus 5:17 (note).
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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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1 Corinthians 3:12
If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,
Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.'"
The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, "Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw."
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