The Torah: A Women's Commentary
They would not listen to Moses... The Israelites responded positively to their first encounter with Moses and Aaron, convinced that God had taken note of their plight (4:29-31). But since the first confrontation between Pharaoh and Moses resulted in more oppressive demands from the slaves (5:6-23), the people's exhaustion and despondence prevent them from believing in the promise of redemption.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Even in the inevitable moments when all seems hopeless, men know that without hope they cannot really live, and in agonizing desperation they cry for the bread of hope.
- ‘A Knock at Midnight’, Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cincinnati, 11 June 1967.