15. Then the foremen of the sons of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying, ``Why do you deal this way with your servants? 16. ``There is no straw given to your servants, yet they keep saying to us, `Make bricks!' And behold, your servants are being beaten; but it is the fault of your own people." 17. But he said, ``You are lazy, very lazy; therefore you say, `Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.' 18. ``So go now and work; for you will be given no straw, yet you must deliver the quota of bricks." 19. The foremen of the sons of Israel saw that they were in trouble because they were told, ``You must not reduce your daily amount of bricks." 20. When they left Pharaoh's presence, they met Moses and Aaron as they were waiting for them. 21. They said to them, ``May the LORD look upon you and judge you, for you have made us odious in Pharaoh's sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us." 22. Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, ``O Lord, why have You brought harm to this people? Why did You ever send me? 23. ``Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all."
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