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Exodus 5:17

    Exodus 5:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But he said, You are idle, you are idle: therefore you say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and sacrifice to Jehovah.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But he said, You have no love for work: that is why you say, Let us go and make an offering to the Lord.

    Webster's Revision

    But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and sacrifice to Jehovah.

    World English Bible

    But he said, "You are idle! You are idle! Therefore you say, 'Let us go and sacrifice to Yahweh.'

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.

    Definitions for Exodus 5:17

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 5:17

    Ye are idle - therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice - It is common for those who feel unconcerned about their own souls to attribute the religious earnestness of others, who feel the importance of eternal things, to idleness or a disregard of their secular concerns. Strange that they cannot see there is a medium! He who has commanded them to be diligent in business, has also commanded them to be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. He whose diligence in business is not connected with a true religious fervor of spirit, is a lover of the world; and whatever form he may have he has not the power of godliness, and therefore is completely out of the road to salvation.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 5:17

    Ye are idle - The old Egyptian language abounds in epithets which show contempt for idleness. The charge was equally offensive and ingenious; one which would be readily believed by Egyptians who knew how much public and private labors were impeded by festivals and other religious ceremonies. Among the great sins which, according to Egyptian belief, involved condemnation in the final judgment, idleness is twice mentioned.