Exodus 7

“I Will Stretch Out My Hand”

1Then the  Lord said to Moses, a  See, I make you as God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. 2You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother b  Aaron shall speak to Pharaoh that he let the sons of Israel go out of his land. 3“But c  I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may d  multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. 4“When e  Pharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and f  bring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by g  great judgments. 5 h  The Egyptians shall know that I am the  Lord, when I i  stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst.” 6So Moses and Aaron did it; j  as the  Lord commanded them, thus they did. 7Moses was k  eighty years old and Aaron
Lit 83 years old
eighty-three, when they spoke to Pharaoh.

Aaron’s Rod Becomes a Serpent

8Now the  Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 9When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘
Lit Show a wonder for yourselves
n  Work a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘ o  Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’”
10So Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and thus they did just as the  Lord had commanded; and Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh and
Lit before his
his servants, and it q  became a serpent.
11Then Pharaoh also r  called for the wise men and the sorcerers, and they also, the
Or soothsayer priests
t  magicians of Egypt, did
Lit thus
the same with v  their secret arts.
12For each one threw down his staff and they turned into serpents. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13Yet w  Pharaoh’s heart was
Lit strong
hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the  Lord had said.

Water Is Turned to Blood

14Then the  Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is
Or hard; lit heavy
stubborn; he refuses to let the people go.
15Go to Pharaoh in the morning
Lit behold
as aa  he is going out to the water, and station yourself to meet him on the bank of the Nile; and you shall take in your hand ab  the staff that was turned into a serpent.
16 ac  You shall say to him, ‘The  Lord, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying ad  Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness. But behold, you have not listened until now.” 17Thus says the  Lord, ae  By this you shall know that I am the  Lord: behold, I will strike
Lit upon the waters
the water that is in the Nile with the staff that is in my hand, and ag  it will be turned to blood.
18 ah  The fish that are in the Nile will die, and the Nile will
I.e. have a bad smell
become foul, and the Egyptians will
Or be weary of
ak  find difficulty in drinking water from the Nile.”’”
19Then the  Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and al  stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, over their
Or canals
streams, and over their pools, and over all their reservoirs of water, that they may become blood; and there will be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.’”

20So Moses and Aaron did even as the  Lord had commanded. And he lifted up
Lit with the staff
ao  the staff and struck the water that was in the Nile, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, and ap  all the water that was in the Nile was turned to blood.
21The fish that were in the Nile died, and the Nile
I.e. had a bad smell
became foul, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. And the blood was through all the land of Egypt.
22 ar  But the
Or soothsayer priests
magicians of Egypt did
Lit thus
the same with their secret arts; and Pharaoh’s heart was
Lit strong
hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the  Lord had said.
23Then Pharaoh turned and went into his house
Lit and he did not set his heart even to this
with no concern even for this.
24So all the Egyptians dug around the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink of the water of the Nile. 25Seven days
Lit were fulfilled
passed after the  Lord had struck the Nile.
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