After they left the king, they went to see Moses and Aaron, who had been waiting for them.
1 Moses and Aaron went to the king of Egypt and told him, " The LORD God says, Let my people go into the desert, so they can honor me with a celebration there. "
2 " Who is this LORD and why should I obey him?" the king replied. " I refuse to let you and your people go!"
4 The king said, " Moses and Aaron, why are you keeping these people from working? Look how many you are keeping from doing their work. Now everyone get back to work!"
6 That same day the king gave orders to his slave bosses and to the men directly in charge of the Israelite slaves. He told them:
8 but they must make the same number of bricks as before. They are lazy, or else they would not beg me to let them go and sacrifice to their God.
10 The slave bosses and the men in charge of the slaves went out and told them, " The king says he will not give you any more straw.
11 Go and find your own straw wherever you can, but you must still make as many bricks as before."
12 The slaves went all over Egypt, looking for straw.
13 But the slave bosses were hard on them and kept saying, " Each day you have to make as many bricks as you did when you were given straw."
15 Finally, the men in charge of the slaves went to the king and said, " Why are you treating us like this?
16 No one brings us any straw, but we are still ordered to make the same number of bricks. We are beaten with whips, and your own people are to blame."
19 The men knew they were in deep trouble when they were ordered to make the same number of bricks each day.
20 After they left the king, they went to see Moses and Aaron, who had been waiting for them.
22 Moses left them and prayed, " Our LORD, why have you brought so much trouble on your people? Is that why you sent me here?