|Exodus 10 |
1 Now the LORD said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I might show these my signs before him,
2 And that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson the mighty things that I have done in Egypt, my signs that I have done among them, that you may know that I am the LORD."
3 And Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh, and said to him, "Thus says the LORD God of the Hebrews, 'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me.
4 For if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring the locusts into your country.
5 And they shall cover the face of the earth so that one cannot see the land; and they shall eat what escaped and is left over from the hail, and they shall eat every tree that grows for you out of the field;
6 And they shall fill your houses, the houses of all your servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians, which neither your fathers nor your fathers' fathers have seen from the day that they were born until this day.'" Then he turned and went out from Pharaoh.
7 And Pharaoh's servants said to him, "How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God. Do you not yet know that Egypt is destroyed?"
8 So Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh; and he said to them, "Go, serve the LORD your God; but who are those who are going?"
9 And Moses said, "We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go, for we must hold a feast to the LORD."
10 And he said to them, "Let the LORD be with you, if I ever let you go with your little ones! Beware, for evil is ahead of your mind.
11 Not so! Go now, [but only] you who are men, and serve the LORD, for that is what you desired." And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence.
12 And the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up on the land of Egypt and eat every plant of the land, all that the hail has left."
13 And Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.
14 And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt and lit on all the country of Egypt. They were very grievous; never before were there such locusts as these, nor shall there be such after them.
15 For they covered the face of the whole land, so that the land was darkened, and they ate every plant of the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left; and no green thing in the trees or the plants of the field remained throughout all the land of Egypt.
16 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste, and he said, "I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you.
17 Now therefore I pray you, forgive my sin only this once, and pray to the LORD your God, that he may only take away this death from me."
18 So he went out from Pharaoh and prayed to the LORD.
19 And the LORD turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts and cast them into the Red sea; not one locust remained in all the land of Egypt.
20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.
21 And the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the heavens, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness that can be felt."
22 And Moses stretched out his hand toward the heavens, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days.
23 They could not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days; but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
24 Then Pharaoh called to Moses, and said, "Go, serve the LORD; let your little ones also go with you; only let your flocks and your herds stay."
25 But Moses said, "You must give us sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.
26 Our livestock also shall go with us; there shall not be a hoof left behind; for we must take them to serve the LORD our God, and we do not know with what we must serve the LORD until we arrive there."
27 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go.
28 Then Pharaoh said to Moses, "Get away from me, be sure that you see my face no more; for on that day you see my face you shall die!"
29 And Moses said, "You have spoken truly; I will never see your face again."
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