|Exodus 8 |
1 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, and say to him, 'Thus says the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
2 And if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will afflict all your country with frogs;
3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into your house and into your bedchamber and upon your bed and into the house of your servants and upon your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls.
4 The frogs shall come up both on you and your people and upon all your servants.'"
5 And the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, Stretch out your hand with your rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up on the land of Egypt."
6 So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt.
7 But the magicians did the same with their enchantments, and also brought up frogs on the land of Egypt.
8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, "Pray to the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me and my people; and I will let the people go that they may do sacrifice to the LORD."
9 And Moses said to Pharaoh, "Accept the honor of setting the time when I shall pray to the Lord for you, your servants, and your people, to destroy the frogs from you and your houses except those that remain in the Nile?"
10 And he said, "Tomorrow." And Moses said, "Let it be according to your word, so that you may know that there is none like to the LORD our God.
11 The frogs shall depart from you and your houses and your servants and from your people; they shall remain only in the Nile."
12 After Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, Moses cried to the LORD about the frogs that he had brought against Pharaoh.
13 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses, and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields.
14 And they gathered them together upon heaps; and the land stank.
15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not listen to them, just as the LORD had said.
16 And the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, Stretch out your rod and strike the dust of the land, so that it may become gnats throughout all the land of Egypt."
17 And they did so; Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod and struck the dust of the earth, and gnats came on man and beast; all the dust of the land became gnats throughout all the land of Egypt.
18 And the magicians tried with their enchantments to bring forth gnats, but they could not; and there were gnats upon man and beast.
19 Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God." But Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, just as the LORD had said.
20 And the LORD said to Moses, "Rise up early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh as he goes to the Nile; and say to him, 'Thus says the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
21 Else, if you will not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon you, your servants, your people, and into your houses; and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they stand.
22 But on that day I will sever the land of Goshen in which my people dwell, so that no swarms of flies shall be there, so that you may know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.
23 And I will put a division between my people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall occur.'"
24 And the LORD did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh and his servants' houses, and into all the land of Egypt; all the land was corrupted because of the swarm of flies.
25 And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, "Go and sacrifice to your God within the land."
26 But Moses said, "It is not right to do that; for we would be sacrificing to the LORD our God what is an abomination to the Egyptians. If we sacrifice this before their eyes, will they not stone us?
27 We will go three days' journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he commands us."
28 And Pharaoh said, "I will let you go, so that you may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only you shall not go very far away; now pray for me."
29 And Moses said, "Behold, I go out from you, and I will pray to the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people tomorrow; but do not let Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD."
30 Then Moses went out from Pharaoh, and prayed to the LORD.
31 And the LORD did as Moses asked; he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; not one remained.
32 But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, nor would he let the people go.
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