When I show the Egyptians my power and force them to let the Israelites go, they will realize that I am the LORD."
So Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded them.
Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron was eighty-three at the time they made their demands to Pharaoh.
Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
"Pharaoh will demand that you show him a miracle to prove that God has sent you. When he makes this demand, say to Aaron, 'Throw down your shepherd's staff,' and it will become a snake."
So Moses and Aaron went to see Pharaoh, and they performed the miracle just as the LORD had told them. Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his court, and it became a snake.
Then Pharaoh called in his wise men and magicians, and they did the same thing with their secret arts.
Their staffs became snakes, too! But then Aaron's snake swallowed up their snakes.
Pharaoh's heart, however, remained hard and stubborn. He still refused to listen, just as the LORD had predicted.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Pharaoh is very stubborn, and he continues to refuse to let the people go.
So go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes down to the river. Stand on the riverbank and meet him there. Be sure to take along the shepherd's staff that turned into a snake.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)