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Exodus 5:6

    Exodus 5:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The same day Pharaoh gave orders to the overseers and those who were responsible for the work, saying,

    Webster's Revision

    And the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

    World English Bible

    The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 5:6

    The task-masters of the people and their officers - The task-masters were Egyptians, (see Clarke on Exodus 1:11 (note)), the officers were Hebrews; see Clarke below Exodus 5:14 (note). But it is probable that the task-masters Exodus 1:11, who are called שרי מסים sarey missim, princes of the burdens or taxes, were different from those termed taskmasters here, as the words are different; נגשים nogesim signifies exactors or oppressors - persons who exacted from them an unreasonable proportion either of labor or money.

    Officers - שטרים shoterim; those seem to have been an inferior sort of officers, who attended on superior officers or magistrates to execute their orders. They are supposed to have been something like our sheriffs.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 5:6

    Their officers - Or scribes. Hebrews able to keep accounts in writing, appointed by the Egyptian superintendents, and responsible to them for the work; see Exodus 5:14. Subordinate officers are frequently represented on Egyptian monuments, giving in written accounts to their immediate superiors.

    Wesley's Notes on Exodus 5:6

    5:6 The task - masters, were Egyptians, the officers were Israelites employed under them.