Exodus 5, 6 – 10 „That very day Pharaoh gave the taskmasters of the people and their foremen this order: 7You shall no longer supply the people with straw for their brickmaking as before. Let them go and gather their own straw! 8Yet you shall levy upon them the same quota of bricks as they made previously. Do not reduce it. They are lazy; that is why they are crying, ‘Let us go to offer sacrifice to our God.’ 9Increase the work for the men, so that they attend to it and not to deceitful words. 10So the taskmasters of the people and their foremen went out and told the people, Thus says Pharaoh, ‘I will not provide you with straw”.