Frogs over the Land 8 1[A]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“But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite your whole territory with frogs. 3“The Nile will swarm with frogs, which will come up and go into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed, and into the houses of your servants and on your people, and into your ovens and into your kneading bowls. 4“So the frogs will come up on you and your people and all your servants.”’ ” 5[B]Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the [C]streams and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.’ ” 6So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the [D]frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. 7The [E]magicians did [F]the same with their secret arts, [G]making frogs come up on the land of Egypt. 8Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Entreat the Lord that He remove the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the Lord.” 9Moses said to Pharaoh, “[H]The honor is yours to tell me: when shall I entreat for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs be [I]destroyed from you and your houses, that they may be left only in the Nile?” 10Then he said, “Tomorrow.” So he said, “May it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God. 11“The frogs will depart from you and your houses and your servants and your people; they will be left only in the Nile.” 12Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the Lord concerning the frogs which He had [J]inflicted upon Pharaoh. 13The Lord did according to the word of Moses, and the frogs died out of the houses, the courts, and the fields. 14So they piled them in heaps, and the land [K]became foul. 15But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he [L]hardened his heart and did not listen to them, as the Lord had said. The Plague of Insects 16Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, that it may become [M]gnats through all the land of Egypt.’ ” 17They did so; and Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff, and struck the dust of the earth, and there were [N]gnats on man and beast. All the dust of the earth became [O]gnats through all the land of Egypt. 18The [P]magicians tried with their secret arts to bring forth [Q]gnats, but they could not; so there were [R]gnats on man and beast. 19Then the [S]magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was [T]hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the Lord had said. 20Now the Lord said to Moses, “Rise early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh, [U]as he comes out to the water, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 21“For if you do not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and on your servants and on your people and into your houses; and the houses of the Egyptians will be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they dwell. 22“But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where My people are [V]living, so that no swarms of flies will be there, in order that you may know that [W]I, the Lord, am in the midst of the land. 23“I will [X]put a division between My people and your people. Tomorrow this sign will occur.”’ ” 24Then the Lord did so. And there came [Y]great swarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh and the houses of his servants and the land was laid waste because of the swarms of flies in all the land of Egypt. 25Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God within the land.” 26But Moses said, “It is not right to do so, for we will sacrifice to the Lord our God [Z]what is an abomination to the Egyptians. If we sacrifice [A]what is an abomination to the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not then stone us? 27“We must go a three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God as He [B]commands us.” 28Pharaoh said, “I will let you go, that you may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only you shall not go very far away. Make supplication for me.” 29Then Moses said, “Behold, I am going out from you, and I shall make supplication to the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people tomorrow; only do not let Pharaoh deal deceitfully again in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.” 30So Moses went out from Pharaoh and made supplication to the Lord. 31The Lord did [C]as Moses asked, and removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants and from his people; not one remained. 32But Pharaoh [D]hardened his heart this time also, and he did not let the people go.
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