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Exodus 5:8

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5:8 But you must require 1  of them the same quota of bricks that they were making before. 2  Do not reduce it, for they are slackers. 3  That is why they are crying, ‘Let us go sacrifice to our God.’

Exodus 5:17

Context

5:17 But Pharaoh replied, 4  “You are slackers! Slackers! 5  That is why you are saying, ‘Let us go sacrifice to the Lord.’

1 tn The verb is the Qal imperfect of שִׂים (sim, “place, put”). The form could be an imperfect of instruction: “You will place upon them the quota.” Or, as here, it may be an obligatory imperfect: “You must place.”

2 tn Heb “yesterday and three days ago” or “yesterday and before that” is idiomatic for “previously” or “in the past.”

3 tn Or “loafers.” The form נִרְפִּים (nirpim) is derived from the verb רָפָה (rafah), meaning “to be weak, to let oneself go.” They had been letting the work go, Pharaoh reasoned, and being idle is why they had time to think about going to worship.

4 tn Heb “And he said.”

5 tn Or “loafers.” The form נִרְפִּים (nirpim) is derived from the verb רָפָה (rafah), meaning “to be weak, to let oneself go.”



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