Bible: Exodus 10:1-29


The Eighth Blow: Locusts


The Lord said 2  to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, in order to display 3  these signs of mine before him, 4  10:2 and in order that in the hearing of your son and your grandson you may tell 5  how I made fools 6  of the Egyptians 7  and about 8  my signs that I displayed 9  among them, so that you may know 10  that I am the Lord.”

10:3 So Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh and told him, “Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews: ‘How long do you refuse 11  to humble yourself before me? 12  Release my people so that they may serve me! 10:4 But if you refuse to release my people, I am going to bring 13  locusts 14  into your territory 15  tomorrow. 10:5 They will cover 16  the surface 17  of the earth, so that you 18  will be unable to see the ground. They will eat the remainder of what escaped 19 what is left over 20  for you – from the hail, and they will eat every tree that grows for you from the field. 10:6 They will fill your houses, the houses of your servants, and all the houses of Egypt, such as 21  neither 22  your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen since they have been 23  in the land until this day!’” Then Moses 24  turned and went out from Pharaoh.

10:7 Pharaoh’s servants said to him, “How long 25  will this man be a menace 26  to us? Release the people so that they may serve the Lord their God. Do you not know 27  that Egypt is destroyed?

10:8 So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh, and he said to them, “Go, serve the Lord your God. Exactly who is going with you? 28  10:9 Moses said, “We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, and with our sheep and our cattle we will go, because we are to hold 29  a pilgrim feast for the Lord.”

10:10 He said to them, “The Lord will need to be with you 30  if I release you and your dependents! 31  Watch out! 32  Trouble is right in front of you! 33  10:11 No! 34  Go, you men 35  only, and serve the Lord, for that 36  is what you want.” 37  Then Moses and Aaron 38  were driven 39  out of Pharaoh’s presence.

10:12 The Lord said to Moses, “Extend your hand over the land of Egypt for 40  the locusts, that they may come up over the land of Egypt and eat everything that grows 41  in the ground, everything that the hail has left.” 10:13 So Moses extended his staff over the land of Egypt, and then the Lord 42  brought 43  an east wind on the land all that day and all night. 44  The morning came, 45  and the east wind had brought up 46  the locusts! 10:14 The locusts went up over all the land of Egypt and settled down in all the territory 47  of Egypt. It was very severe; 48  there had been no locusts like them before, nor will there be such ever again. 49  10:15 They covered 50  the surface 51  of all the ground, so that the ground became dark with them, 52  and they ate all the vegetation of the ground and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Nothing green remained on the trees or on anything that grew in the fields throughout the whole land of Egypt.

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Then Pharaoh quickly 54  summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned 55  against the Lord your God and against you! 10:17 So now, forgive my sin this time only, and pray to the Lord your God that he would only 56  take this death 57  away from me.” 10:18 Moses 58  went out 59  from Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord, 10:19 and the Lord turned a very strong west wind, 60  and it picked up the locusts and blew them into the Red Sea. 61  Not one locust remained in all the territory of Egypt. 10:20 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not release the Israelites.


The Ninth Blow: Darkness


The Lord said to Moses, “Extend your hand toward heaven 63  so that there may be 64  darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness so thick it can be felt.” 65 

10:22 So Moses extended his hand toward heaven, and there was absolute darkness 66  throughout the land of Egypt for three days. 67  10:23 No one 68  could see 69  another person, and no one could rise from his place for three days. But the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.

10:24 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go, serve the Lordonly your flocks and herds will be detained. Even your families 70  may go with you.”

10:25 But Moses said, “Will you also 71  provide us 72  with sacrifices and burnt offerings that we may present them 73  to the Lord our God? 10:26 Our livestock must 74  also go with us! Not a hoof is to be left behind! For we must take 75  these animals 76  to serve the Lord our God. Until we arrive there, we do not know what we must use to serve the Lord.” 77 

10:27 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to release them. 10:28 Pharaoh said to him, “Go from me! 78  Watch out for yourself! Do not appear before me again, 79  for when 80  you see my face you will die! 10:29 Moses said, “As you wish! 81  I will not see your face again.” 82 

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