Now the LORDsaid to Moses, "1Riseearly in the morning and presentyourselfbeforePharaoh, aas 2he comes out to the water, and say to him, 'Thussays the LORD, "3Let My peoplego, that they may serve Me.
"For if you do not let My peoplego, behold, I will sendswarms of insects 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 insects, and also the ground on which they dwell.
"4But on that day I will setapart the land of Goshen, where My people are bliving, so that noswarms of flies will be there, in order that you may know that c5 I, the LORD, am in the midst of the land.
"I will dput a divisionbetween My people and your people. Tomorrowthissign will occur.""'
Then the LORDdidso. And there cameegreatswarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh and the houses of his servants and the land was laidwastebecause of the swarms of flies in all the land of Egypt.
25Pharaoh6called for Moses and Aaron and said, "7Go, sacrifice to your God within the land."
But Mosessaid, "It is not right to doso, for we will sacrifice to the LORD our Godfwhat is 8an abomination to the Egyptians. If we sacrificegwhat is an abomination to the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not then stone us?
"We must go a 9threedays'journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the LORD our God as He hcommands us."
28Pharaohsaid, "10I will let you go, that you may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only you shall not go very far away. 11Makesupplication for me."
Then Mosessaid, "Behold, I am going out from you, and I shall makesupplication to the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his peopletomorrow; only do not let Pharaohdealdeceitfullyagain in not letting the peoplego to sacrifice to the LORD."
So 12Moseswent out from Pharaoh and madesupplication to the LORD.
The LORDdidias Mosesasked, and removed the swarms of insects from Pharaoh, from his servants and from his people; not oneremained.
But Pharaohjhardened his heartthistimealso, and 13he did not let the peoplego.