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Exodus 5:7

    Exodus 5:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    You shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Give these men no more dry stems for their brick-making as you have been doing; let them go and get the material for themselves.

    Webster's Revision

    Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

    World English Bible

    "You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick, as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

    Definitions for Exodus 5:7

    Heretofore - Previously.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 5:7

    Straw to make brick - There have been many conjectures concerning the use of straw in making bricks. Some suppose it was used merely for burning them, but this is unfounded. The eastern bricks are often made of clay and straw kneaded together, and then not burned, but thoroughly dried in the sun. This is expressly mentioned by Philo in his life of Moses, who says, describing the oppression of the Israelites in Egypt, that some were obliged to work in clay for the formation of bricks, and others to gather straw for the same purpose, because straw is the bond by which the brick is held together, πλινθου γαρ αχορα δεσμος - Phil. Oper., edit. Mang., vol. ii., p. 86. And Philo's account is confirmed by the most intelligent travelers. Dr. Shaw says that the straw in the bricks still preserves its original color, which is a proof that the bricks were never burned. Some of these are still to be seen in the cabinets of the curious; and there are several from ancient Babylon now before me, where the straw which was amalgamated with the clay is still perfectly visible. From this we may see the reason of the complaint made to Pharaoh, Exodus 5:16 : the Egyptians refused to give the necessary portion of straw for kneading the bricks, and yet they required that the full tale or number of bricks should be produced each day as they did when all the necessary materials were brought to hand; so the people were obliged to go over all the cornfields, and pluck up the stubble, which they were obliged to substitute for straw. See Exodus 5:12.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 5:7

    Some of the most ancient buildings in Egypt were constructed of bricks not burned, but dried in the sun; they were made of clay, or more commonly of mud, mixed with straw chopped into small pieces. An immense quantity of straw must have been wanted for the works on which the Israelites were engaged, and their labors must have been more than doubled by this requisition.

    Wesley's Notes on Exodus 5:7

    5:7 Straw - To mix with the clay, or to burn the brick with.