Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Exodus 5:8

Context
NETBible

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.’

XREF

Ps 106:41

NET © Notes

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.”

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

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.



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