Bible: Exodus 7

7:1 So the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God 1  to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. 2  7:2 You are to speak 3  everything I command you, 4  and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh that he must release 5  the Israelites from his land. 7:3 But I will harden 6  Pharaoh’s heart, and although I will multiply 7  my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt, 7:4 Pharaoh will not listen to you. 8  I will reach into 9  Egypt and bring out my regiments, 10  my people the Israelites, from the land of Egypt with great acts of judgment. 7:5 Then 11  the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord, when I extend my hand 12  over Egypt and bring the Israelites out from among them.

7:6 And Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the Lord commanded them. 7:7 Now Moses was eighty years old and Aaron was eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh.

7:8 The Lord said 13  to Moses and Aaron, 14  7:9 When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Do 15  a miracle,’ and you say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down 16  before Pharaoh,’ it will become 17  a snake.” 7:10 When 18  Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh, they did so, just as the Lord had commanded them – Aaron threw 19  down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants and it became a snake. 20  7:11 Then Pharaoh also summoned wise men and sorcerers, 21  and the magicians 22  of Egypt by their secret arts 23  did the same thing. 7:12 Each man 24  threw down his staff, and the staffs became snakes. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 7:13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard, 25  and he did not listen to them, just as the Lord had predicted.


The First Blow: Water to Blood


The Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is hard; 27  he refuses to release 28  the people. 7:15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning when 29  he goes out to the water. Position yourself 30  to meet him by the edge of the Nile, 31  and take 32  in your hand the staff 33  that was turned into a snake. 7:16 Tell him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to you to say, 34 Release my people, that they may serve me 35  in the desert!” But until now 36  you have not listened. 37  7:17 Thus says the Lord: “By this you will know that I am the Lord: I am going to strike 38  the water of the Nile with the staff that is in my hand, and it will be turned into blood. 39  7:18 Fish 40  in the Nile will die, the Nile will stink, and the Egyptians will be unable 41  to drink water from the Nile.”’ 7:19 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over Egypt’s waters – over their rivers, over their canals, 42  over their ponds, and over all their reservoirs 43 so that it becomes 44  blood.’ There will be blood everywhere in 45  the land of Egypt, even in wooden and stone containers.” 7:20 Moses and Aaron did so, 46  just as the Lord had commanded. Moses raised 47  the staff 48  and struck the water that was in the Nile right before the eyes 49  of Pharaoh and his servants, 50  and all the water that was in the Nile was turned to blood. 51  7:21 When the fish 52  that were in the Nile died, the Nile began 53  to stink, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. There was blood 54  everywhere in the land of Egypt! 7:22 But the magicians of Egypt did the same 55  by their secret arts, and so 56  Pharaoh’s heart remained hard, 57  and he refused to listen to Moses and Aaron 58 just as the Lord had predicted. 7:23 And Pharaoh turned and went into his house. He did not pay any attention to this. 59  7:24 All the Egyptians dug around the Nile for water to drink, 60  because they could not drink the water of the Nile.


The Second Blow: Frogs


Seven full days passed 62  after the Lord struck 63  the Nile.

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