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Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God so he does not strike us with pestilence or sword.”[a]

The king of Egypt replied to them, “Moses and Aaron, why are you keeping the people from their labor? Go back to your work!”[b] Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people in the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”[c]

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  1. Exodus 5:3 I.e. invasions by foreign armies
  2. Exodus 5:4 Lit. burdens
  3. Exodus 5:5 Lit. from their burdens

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