Exodus 5:9
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New International Version
Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies."

King James Bible
Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.

Darby Bible Translation
Let them put heavier labour on the men, that they may be taken up with it, and not regard vain words.

World English Bible
Let heavier work be laid on the men, that they may labor therein; and don't let them pay any attention to lying words."

Young's Literal Translation
let the service be heavy on the men, and let them work at it, and not be dazzled by lying words.'

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Clarke'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).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Let there more work be laid upon the men. Heb. Let the work be heavy upon the men. vain words.

2 Kings 18:20 You say, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and strength for the war. Now on whom do you trust, that you rebel against me?

Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?

Jeremiah 43:2 Then spoke Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying to Jeremiah, You speak falsely...

Zechariah 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers?...

Malachi 3:14 You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance...

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God on the children of disobedience.

The Secret of Its Greatness
[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
Mildred Duff—The Bible in its Making

Cross References
Exodus 5:8
But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don't reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.'

Exodus 5:10
Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, "This is what Pharaoh says: 'I will not give you any more straw.

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