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1 The Lord said to Moses, "I have made you like God to the king of Egypt, and your brother Aaron will be like a prophet for you. 1 Then the LORD said to Moses, "See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.
2 Tell Aaron your brother everything that I command you, and let him tell the king of Egypt to let the Israelites leave his country. 2 You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country.
3 But I will make the king stubborn. I will do many miracles in Egypt, 3 But I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and though I multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt,
4 but he will still refuse to listen. So then I will punish Egypt terribly, and I will lead my divisions, my people the Israelites, out of that land. 4 he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites.
5 I will punish Egypt with my power, and I will bring the Israelites out of that land. Then they will know I am the Lord." 5 And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it."
6 Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded them. 6 Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD commanded them.
7 Moses was eighty years old and Aaron was eighty-three when they spoke to the king. 7 Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.
8 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 8 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
9 "Moses, when the king asks you to do a miracle, tell Aaron to throw his walking stick down in front of the king, and it will become a snake." 9 "When Pharaoh says to you, 'Perform a miracle,' then say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,' and it will become a snake."
10 So Moses and Aaron went to the king as the Lord had commanded. Aaron threw his walking stick down in front of the king and his officers, and it became a snake. 10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake.
11 So the king called in his wise men and his magicians, and with their tricks the Egyptian magicians were able to do the same thing. 11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:
12 They threw their walking sticks on the ground, and their sticks became snakes. But Aaron's stick swallowed theirs. 12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.
13 Still the king was stubborn and refused to listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said. 13 Yet Pharaoh's heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said.
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, "The king is being stubborn and refuses to let the people go. 14 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Pharaoh's heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go.
15 In the morning the king will go out to the Nile River. Go meet him by the edge of the river, and take with you the walking stick that became a snake. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the water. Wait on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake.
16 Tell him: The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you. He said, 'Let my people go worship me in the desert.' Until now you have not listened. 16 Then say to him, 'The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the desert. But until now you have not listened.
17 This is what the Lord says: 'This is how you will know that I am the Lord. I will strike the water of the Nile River with this stick in my hand, and the water will change into blood. 17 This is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.
18 Then the fish in the Nile will die, and the river will begin to stink. The Egyptians will not be able to drink the water from the Nile.'" 18 The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.' "
19 The Lord said to Moses, "Tell Aaron: 'Take the walking stick in your hand and stretch your hand over the rivers, canals, ponds, and pools in Egypt.' The water will become blood everywhere in Egypt, both in wooden buckets and in stone jars." 19 The LORD said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt--over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs'--and they will turn to blood. Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in the wooden buckets and stone jars."
20 So Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded. In front of the king and his officers, Aaron raised his walking stick and struck the water in the Nile River. So all the water in the Nile changed into blood. 20 Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood.
21 The fish in the Nile died, and the river began to stink, so the Egyptians could not drink water from it. Blood was everywhere in the land of Egypt. 21 The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt.
22 Using their tricks, the magicians of Egypt did the same thing. So the king was stubborn and refused to listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said. 22 But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh's heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.
23 The king turned and went into his palace and ignored what Moses and Aaron had done. 23 Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart.
24 The Egyptians could not drink the water from the Nile, so all of them dug along the bank of the river, looking for water to drink. 24 And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile to get drinking water, because they could not drink the water of the river.
25 Seven days passed after the Lord changed the Nile River. 25 Seven days passed after the LORD struck the Nile.