And the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand1 over Egypt so that locusts will swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail."
So Moses stretched out his staff2 over Egypt, and the LORD made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts;314
they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts,4 nor will there ever be again.
They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured5 all that was left after the hail--everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.
Pharaoh quickly summoned6 Moses and Aaron and said, "I have sinned7 against the LORD your God and against you.
Now forgive8 my sin once more and pray9 to the LORD your God to take this deadly plague away from me."
Moses then left Pharaoh and prayed to the LORD.1019
And the LORD changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea.a Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt.
But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart,11 and he would not let the Israelites go.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness12 will spread over Egypt--darkness that can be felt."
So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness13 covered all Egypt for three days.
No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.14