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Exodus 7 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Moses and Aaron Before Pharaoh

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:1 - And the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:2 - You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:3 - But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt,

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:4 - Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring my hosts, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:5 - The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:6 - Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the LORD commanded them.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:7 - Now Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they spoke to Pharaoh.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:8 - Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:9 - “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:10 - So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:11 - Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:12 - For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:13 - Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.

The First Plague: Water Turned to Blood

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:14 - Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is hardened; he refuses to let the people go.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:15 - Go to Pharaoh in the morning, as he is going out to the water. Stand on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take in your hand the staff that turned into a serpent.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:16 - And you shall say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, “Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness.” But so far, you have not obeyed.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:17 - Thus says the LORD, “By this you shall know that I am the LORD: behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall turn into blood.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:18 - The fish in the Nile shall die, and the Nile will stink, and the Egyptians will grow weary of drinking water from the Nile.”’”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:19 - And the LORD said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, their canals, and their ponds, and all their pools of water, so that they may become blood, and there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, even in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.’”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:20 - Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded. In the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants he lifted up the staff and struck the water in the Nile, and all the water in the Nile turned into blood.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:21 - And the fish in the Nile died, and the Nile stank, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. There was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:22 - But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts. So Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:23 - Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not take even this to heart.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:24 - And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink the water of the Nile.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 7:25 - Seven full days passed after the LORD had struck the Nile.
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