They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh;
2 But Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover, I will not let Israel go."
4 But the king of Egypt said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people away from their work? Get back to your burdens."
5 And Pharaoh said, "Behold, the people of the land are now many, and you make them rest from their burdens!"
6 The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their foremen,
7 "You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves.
9 Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words."
12 So the people were scattered throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.
13 The taskmasters were urgent, saying, "Complete your work, your daily task each day, as when there was straw."
15 Then the foremen of the people of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, "Why do you treat your servants like this?
18 Go now and work. No straw will be given you, but you must still deliver the same number of bricks."
19 The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, "You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day."
20 They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh;
21 and they said to them, "The LORD look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us."
22 Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, "O LORD, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?
23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all."