25And God’s eyes were turned to the children of Israel and he gave them the knowledge of himself.
1Now Moses was looking after the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he took the flock to the back of the waste land and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
2And the angel of the Lord was seen by him in a flame of fire coming out of a thorn-tree: and he saw that the tree was on fire, but it was not burned up.
3And Moses said, I will go and see this strange thing, why the tree is not burned up,
4And when the Lord saw him turning to one side to see, God said his name out of the tree, crying, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
5And he said, Do not come near: take off your shoes from your feet, for the place where you are is holy.
6And he said, I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses kept his face covered for fear of looking on God.
7And God said, Truly, I have seen the grief of my people in Egypt, and their cry because of their cruel masters has come to my ears; for I have knowledge of their sorrows;
8And I have come down to take them out of the hands of the Egyptians, guiding them out of that land into a good land and wide, into a land flowing with milk and honey; into the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
9For now, truly, the cry of the children of Israel has come to me, and I have seen the cruel behaviour of the Egyptians to them.
10Come, then, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may take my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.
11And Moses said to God, Who am I to go to Pharaoh and take the children of Israel out of Egypt?
12And he said, Truly I will be with you; and this will be the sign to you that I have sent you: when you have taken the children of Israel out of Egypt, you will give worship to God on this mountain.
13And Moses said to God, When I come to the children of Israel and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you: and they say to me, What is his name? what am I to say to them?
14And God said to him, I AM WHAT I AM: and he said, Say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.
15And God went on to say to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has sent me to you: this is my name for ever, and this is my sign to all generations.
16Go and get together the chiefs of the children of Israel, and say to them, The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has been seen by me, and has said, Truly I have taken up your cause, because of what is done to you in Egypt;
17And I have said, I will take you up out of the sorrows of Egypt into the land of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, into a land flowing with milk and honey.
18And they will give ear to your voice: and you, with the chiefs of Israel, will go to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and say to him, The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has come to us: let us then go three days’ journey into the waste land to make an offering to the Lord our God.
19And I am certain that the king of Egypt will not let you go without being forced.
20But I will put out my hand and overcome Egypt with all the wonders which I will do among them: and after that he will let you go.
21And I will give this people grace in the eyes of the Egyptians, so that when you go out you will go out with your hands full.
22For every woman will get from her neighbour and from the woman living in her house, ornaments of silver and gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and your daughters; you will take the best of their goods from the Egyptians.
1And Moses, answering, said, It is certain that they will not have faith in me or give ear to my voice; for they will say, You have not seen the Lord.
2And the Lord said to him, What is that in your hand? And he said, A rod.
3And he said, Put it down on the earth. And he put it down on the earth and it became a snake; and Moses went running from it.
4And the Lord said to Moses, Put out your hand and take it by the tail: (and he put out his hand and took a grip of it and it became a rod in his hand:)
5So that they may be certain that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has been seen by you.
6Then the Lord said to him again, Put your hand inside your clothing. And he put his hand inside his robe: and when he took it out it was like the hand of a leper, as white as snow.
7And he said, Put your hand inside your robe again. (And he put his hand into his robe again, and when he took it out he saw that it had become like his other flesh.)
8And if they do not have faith in you or give ear to the voice of the first sign, they will have faith in the second sign.
9And if they have no faith even in these two signs and will not give ear to your voice, then you are to take the water of the Nile and put it on the dry land: and the water you take out of the river will become blood on the dry land.
10And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not a man of words; I have never been so, and am not now, even after what you have said to your servant: for talking is hard for me, and I am slow of tongue.
11And the Lord said to him, Who has made man’s mouth? who takes away a man’s voice or hearing, or makes him seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
12So go now, and I will be with your mouth, teaching you what to say.
13And he said, O Lord, send, if you will, by the hand of anyone whom it seems good to you to send.
14And the Lord was angry with Moses, and said, Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? To my knowledge he is good at talking. And now he is coming out to you: and when he sees you he will be glad in his heart.
15Let him give ear to your voice, and you will put my words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and with his, teaching you what you have to do.
16And he will do the talking for you to the people: he will be to you as a mouth and you will be to him as God.
17And take in your hand this rod with which you will do the signs.
18And Moses went back to Jethro, his father-in-law, and said to him, Let me go back now to my relations in Egypt and see if they are still living. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.
19And the Lord said to Moses in Midian, Go back to Egypt, for all the men are dead who were attempting to take your life.
20And Moses took his wife and his sons and put them on an ass and went back to the land of Egypt: and he took the rod of God in his hand.
21And the Lord said to Moses, When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have given you power to do: but I will make his heart hard and he will not let the people go.
22And you are to say to Pharaoh, The Lord says, Israel is the first of my sons:
23And I said to you, Let my son go, so that he may give me worship; and you did not let him go: so now I will put the first of your sons to death.
24Now on the journey, at the night’s resting-place, the Lord came in his way and would have put him to death.
25Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cutting off the skin of her son’s private parts, and touching his feet with it, she said, Truly you are a husband of blood to me.
26So he let him go. Then she said, You are a husband of blood because of the circumcision.
27And the Lord said to Aaron, Go into the waste land and you will see Moses. So he went and came across Moses at the mountain of God, and gave him a kiss.
28And Moses gave Aaron an account of all the words of the Lord which he had sent him to say, and of all the signs which he had given him orders to do.
29Then Moses and Aaron went and got together all the chiefs of the children of Israel:
30And Aaron said to them all the words the Lord had said to Moses, and did the signs before all the people.
31And the people had faith in them; and hearing that the Lord had taken up the cause of the children of Israel and had seen their troubles, with bent heads they gave him worship.
1And after that, Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and said, The Lord, the God of Israel, says, Let my people go so that they may keep a feast to me in the waste land.
2And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, to whose voice I am to give ear and let Israel go? I have no knowledge of the Lord and I will not let Israel go.
3And they said, The God of the Hebrews has come to us: let us then go three days’ journey into the waste land to make an offering to the Lord our God, so that he may not send death on us by disease or the sword.
4And the king of Egypt said to them, Why do you, Moses and Aaron, take the people away from their work? get back to your work.
5And Pharaoh said, Truly, the people of the land are increasing in number, and you are keeping them back from their work.
6The same day Pharaoh gave orders to the overseers and those who were responsible for the work, saying,
7Give these men no more dry stems for their brick-making as you have been doing; let them go and get the material for themselves.
8But see that they make the same number of bricks as before, and no less: for they have no love for work; and so they are crying out and saying, Let us go and make an offering to our God.
9Give the men harder work, and see that they do it; let them not give attention to false words.
10And the overseers of the people and their responsible men went out and said to the people, Pharaoh says, I will give you no more dry stems.
11Go yourselves and get dry stems wherever you are able; for your work is not to be any less.
12So the people were sent in all directions through the land of Egypt to get dry grass for stems.
13And the overseers went on driving them and saying, Do your full day’s work as before when there were dry stems for you.
14And the responsible men of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh’s overseers had put over them, were given blows, and they said to them, Why have you not done your regular work, in making bricks as before?
15Then the responsible men of the children of Israel came to Pharaoh, protesting and saying, Why are you acting in this way to your servants?
16They give us no dry stems and they say to us, Make bricks: and they give your servants blows; but it is your people who are in the wrong.
17But he said, You have no love for work: that is why you say, Let us go and make an offering to the Lord.
18Go now, get back to your work; no dry stems will be given to you, but you are to make the full number of bricks.
19Then the responsible men of the children of Israel saw that they were purposing evil when they said, The number of bricks which you have to make every day will be no less than before.
20And they came face to face with Moses and Aaron, who were in their way when they came out from Pharaoh:
21And they said to them, May the Lord take note of you and be your judge; for you have given Pharaoh and his servants a bad opinion of us, putting a sword in their hands for our destruction.
22And Moses went back to the Lord and said, Lord, why have you done evil to this people? why have you sent me?
23For from the time when I came to Pharaoh to put your words before him, he has done evil to this people, and you have given them no help.
1And the Lord said to Moses, Now you will see what I am about to do to Pharaoh; for by a strong hand he will be forced to let them go, driving them out of his land because of my outstretched arm.
2And God said to Moses, I am Yahweh:
3I let myself be seen by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God, the Ruler of all; but they had no knowledge of my name Yahweh.
4And I made an agreement with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their wanderings.
5And truly my ears are open to the cry of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep under their yoke; and I have kept in mind my agreement.
6Say then to the children of Israel, I am Yahweh, and I will take you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians, and make you safe from their power, and will make you free by the strength of my arm after great punishments.
7And I will take you to be my people and I will be your God; and you will be certain that I am the Lord your God, who takes you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
8And I will be your guide into the land which I made an oath to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it to you for your heritage: I am Yahweh.
9And Moses said these words to the children of Israel, but they gave no attention to him, because of the grief of their spirit and the cruel weight of their work.
10And the Lord said to Moses,
11Go in and say to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, that he is to let the children of Israel go out of his land.
12And Moses, answering the Lord, said, See, the children of Israel will not give ear to me; how then will Pharaoh give ear to me, whose lips are unclean?
13And the word of the Lord came to Moses and Aaron, with orders for the children of Israel and for Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to take the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
14These are the heads of their fathers’ families: the sons of Reuben the oldest son of Israel: Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi: these are the families of Reuben.
15And the sons of Simeon: Jemuel and Jamin and Ohad and Jachin and Zohar and Shaul, the son of a woman of Canaan: these are the families of Simeon.
16And these are the names of the sons of Levi in the order of their generations: Gershon and Kohath and Merari: and the years of Levi’s life were a hundred and thirty-seven.
17The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, in the order of their families.
18And the sons of Kohath: Amram and Izhar and Hebron and Uzziel: and the years of Kohath’s life were a hundred and thirty-three.
19And the sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi: these are the families of the Levites, in the order of their generations.
20And Amram took Jochebed, his father’s sister, as wife; and she gave birth to Aaron and Moses: and the years of Amram’s life were a hundred and thirty-seven.
21And the sons of Izhar: Korah and Nepheg and Zichri.
22And the sons of Uzziel: Mishael and Elzaphan and Sithri.
23And Aaron took as his wife Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab, the sister of Nahshon; and she gave birth to Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
24And the sons of Korah: Assir and Elkanah and Abiasaph: these are the families of the Korahites.
25And Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel; and she gave birth to Phinehas. These are the heads of the families of the Levites, in the order of their families.
26These are the same Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said, Take the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt in their armies.
27These are the men who gave orders to Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go out of Egypt: these are the same Moses and Aaron.
28And on the day when the word of the Lord came to Moses in the land of Egypt,
29The Lord said to Moses, I am the Lord: say to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, everything I am saying to you.
30And Moses said to the Lord, My lips are unclean; how is it possible that Pharaoh will give me a hearing?
1And the Lord said to Moses, See I have made you a god to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother will be your prophet.
2Say whatever I give you orders to say: and Aaron your brother will give word to Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go out of his land.
3And I will make Pharaoh’s heart hard, and my signs and wonders will be increased in the land of Egypt.
4But Pharaoh will not give ear to you, and I will put my hand on Egypt, and take my armies, my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt, after great punishments.
5And the Egyptians will see that I am the Lord, when my hand is stretched out over Egypt, and I take the children of Israel out from among them.
6And Moses and Aaron did so: as the Lord gave them orders, so they did.
7And Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they gave the Lord’s word to Pharaoh.
8And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,
9If Pharaoh says to you, Let me see a wonder: then say to Aaron, Take your rod and put it down on the earth before Pharaoh so that it may become a snake.
10Then Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and they did as the Lord had said: and Aaron put his rod down on the earth before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a snake.
11Then Pharaoh sent for the wise men and the wonder-workers, and they, the wonder-workers of Egypt, did the same with their secret arts.
12For every one of them put down his rod on the earth, and they became snakes: but Aaron’s rod made a meal of their rods.
13But Pharaoh’s heart was made hard, and he did not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.
14And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, Pharaoh’s heart is unchanged; he will not let the people go.
15Go to Pharaoh in the morning; when he goes out to the water, you will be waiting for him by the edge of the Nile, with the rod which was turned into a snake in your hand;
16And say to him, The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to you, saying, Let my people go so that they may give me worship in the waste land; but up to now you have not given ear to his words.
17So the Lord says, By this you may be certain that I am the Lord; see, by the touch of this rod in my hand the waters of the Nile will be turned to blood;
18And the fish in the Nile will come to destruction, and the river will send up a bad smell, and the Egyptians will not be able, for disgust, to make use of the water of the Nile for drinking.
19And the Lord said, Say to Aaron, Let the rod in your hand be stretched out over the waters of Egypt, and over the rivers and the streams and the pools, and over every stretch of water, so that they may be turned to blood; and there will be blood through all the land of Egypt, in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.
20And Moses and Aaron did as the Lord had said; and when his rod had been lifted up and stretched out over the waters of the Nile before the eyes of Pharaoh and his servants, all the water in the Nile was turned to blood;
21And the fish in the Nile came to destruction, and a bad smell went up from the river, and the Egyptians were not able to make use of the water of the Nile for drinking; and there was blood through all the land of Egypt.
22And the wonder-workers of Egypt did the same with their secret arts: but Pharaoh’s heart was made hard, and he would not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.
23Then Pharaoh went into his house, and did not take even this to heart.
24And all the Egyptians made holes round about the Nile to get drinking-water, for they were not able to make use of the Nile water.
25And seven days went past, after the Lord had put his hand on the Nile.
1And this is what the Lord said to Moses: Go to Pharaoh and say to him, The Lord says, Let my people go so that they may give me worship.
2And if you will not let them go, see, I will send frogs into every part of your land:
3The Nile will be full of frogs, and they will come up into your house and into your bedrooms and on your bed, and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and into your bread-basins.
4The frogs will come up over you and your people and all your servants.
5And the Lord said to Moses, Say to Aaron, Let the rod in your hand be stretched out over the streams and the waterways and the pools, causing frogs to come up on the land of Egypt.
6And when Aaron put out his hand over the waters of Egypt, the frogs came up and all the land of Egypt was covered with them.
7And the wonder-workers did the same with their secret arts, making frogs come up over the land of Egypt.
8Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and said, Make prayer to the Lord that he will take away these frogs from me and my people; and I will let the people go and make their offering to the Lord.
9And Moses said, I will let you have the honour of saying when I am to make prayer for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs may be sent away from you and your houses, and be only in the Nile.
10And he said, By tomorrow. And he said, Let it be as you say: so that you may see that there is no other like the Lord our God.
11And the frogs will be gone from you and from your houses and from your servants and from your people and will be only in the Nile.
12Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh; and Moses made prayer to the Lord about the frogs which he had sent on Pharaoh.
13And the Lord did as Moses said; and there was an end of all the frogs in the houses and in the open spaces and in the fields.
14And they put them together in masses, and a bad smell went up from the land.
15But when Pharaoh saw that there was peace for a time, he made his heart hard and did not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.
16And the Lord said to Moses, Say to Aaron, Let your rod be stretched out over the dust of the earth so that it may become insects through all the land of Egypt.
17And they did so; and Aaron, stretching out the rod in his hand, gave a touch to the dust of the earth, and insects came on man and on beast; all the dust of the earth was changed into insects through all the land of Egypt.
18And the wonder-workers with their secret arts, attempting to make insects, were unable to do so: and there were insects on man and on beast.
19Then the wonder-workers said to Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: but Pharaoh’s heart was hard, and he did not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.
20And the Lord said to Moses, Get up early in the morning and take your place before Pharaoh when he comes out to the water; and say to him, This is what the Lord says: Let my people go to give me worship.
21For if you do not let my people go, see, I will send clouds of flies on you and on your servants and on your people and into their houses; and the houses of the Egyptians and the land where they are will be full of flies.
22And at that time I will make a division between your land and the land of Goshen where my people are, and no flies will be there; so that you may see that I am the Lord over all the earth.
23And I will put a division between my people and your people; tomorrow this sign will be seen.
24And the Lord did so; and great clouds of flies came into the house of Pharaoh and into his servants’ houses, and all the land of Egypt was made waste because of the flies.
25And Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and said, Go and make your offering to your God here in the land.
26And Moses said, It is not right to do so; for we make our offerings of that to which the Egyptians give worship; and if we do so before their eyes, certainly we will be stoned.
27But we will go three days’ journey into the waste land and make an offering to the Lord our God as he may give us orders.
28Then Pharaoh said, I will let you go to make an offering to the Lord your God in the waste land; but do not go very far away, and make prayer for me.
29And Moses said, When I go out from you I will make prayer to the Lord that the cloud of flies may go away from Pharaoh and from his people and from his servants tomorrow: only let Pharaoh no longer by deceit keep back the people from making their offering to the Lord.
30Then Moses went out from Pharaoh and made prayer to the Lord.
31And the Lord did as Moses said, and took away the cloud of flies from Pharaoh and from his servants and from his people; not one was to be seen.
32But again Pharaoh made his heart hard and did not let the people go.
1Then the Lord said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go so that they may give me worship.
2For if you will not let them go, but still keep them in your power,
3Then the hand of the Lord will put on your cattle in the field, on the horses and the asses and the camels, on the herds and the flocks, a very evil disease.
4And the Lord will make a division between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt; there will be no loss of any of the cattle of Israel.
5And the time was fixed by the Lord, and he said, Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.
6And on the day after, the Lord did as he had said, causing the death of all the cattle of Egypt, but there was no loss of any of the cattle of Israel.
7And Pharaoh sent and got word that there was no loss of any of the cattle of Israel. But the heart of Pharaoh was hard and he did not let the people go.
8And the Lord said to Moses and to Aaron, Take in your hand a little dust from the fire and let Moses send it in a shower up to heaven before the eyes of Pharaoh.
9And it will become small dust over all the land of Egypt, and will be a skin-disease bursting out in wounds on man and beast through all the land of Egypt.
10So they took some dust from the fire, and placing themselves before Pharaoh, Moses sent it out in a shower up to heaven; and it became a skin-disease bursting out on man and on beast.
11And the wonder-workers were not able to take their places before Moses, because of the disease; for the disease was on the wonder-workers and on all the Egyptians.
12And the Lord made Pharaoh’s heart hard, and he would not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.
13And the Lord said to Moses, Get up early in the morning and take your place before Pharaoh, and say to him, This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go so that they may give me worship.
14For this time I will send all my punishments on yourself and on your servants and on your people; so that you may see that there is no other like me in all the earth.
15For if I had put the full weight of my hand on you and your people, you would have been cut off from the earth:
16But, for this very reason, I have kept you from destruction, to make clear to you my power, and so that my name may be honoured through all the earth.
17Are you still uplifted in pride against my people so that you will not let them go?
18Truly, tomorrow about this time I will send down an ice-storm, such as never was in Egypt from its earliest days till now.
19Then send quickly and get in your cattle and all you have from the fields; for if any man or beast in the field has not been put under cover, the ice-storm will come down on them with destruction.
20Then everyone among the servants of Pharaoh who had the fear of the Lord, made his servants and his cattle come quickly into the house:
21And he who gave no attention to the word of the Lord, kept his servants and his cattle in the field.
22And the Lord said to Moses, Now let your hand be stretched out to heaven so that there may be an ice-storm on all the land of Egypt, on man and on beast and on every plant of the field through all the land of Egypt.
23And Moses put out his rod to heaven: and the Lord sent thunder, and an ice-storm, and fire running down on the earth; the Lord sent an ice-storm on the land of Egypt.
24So there was an ice-storm with fire running through it, coming down with great force, such as never was in all the land of Egypt from the time when it became a nation.
25And through all the land of Egypt the ice-storm came down on everything which was in the fields, on man and on beast; and every green plant was crushed and every tree of the field broken.
26Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, there was no ice-storm.
27Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, I have done evil this time: the Lord is upright, and I and my people are sinners.
28Make prayer to the Lord; for there has been enough of these thunderings of God and this ice-storm; and I will let you go and will keep you no longer.
29And Moses said, When I am gone outside the town, my hands will be stretched out to the Lord; the thunders and the ice-storm will come to an end, so that you may see that the earth is the Lord’s.
30But as for you and your servants, I am certain that even now the fear of the Lord God will not be in your hearts.
31And the flax and the barley were damaged, for the barley was almost ready to be cut and the flax was in flower.
32But the rest of the grain-plants were undamaged, for they had not come up.
33So Moses went out of the town, and stretching out his hands made prayer to God: and the thunders and the ice-storm came to an end; and the fall of rain was stopped.
34But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the ice-storm and the thunders were ended, he went on sinning, and made his heart hard, he and his servants.
35And the heart of Pharaoh was hard, and he did not let the people go, as the Lord had said by the mouth of Moses.
1And the Lord said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh: for I have made his heart and the hearts of his servants hard, so that I may let my signs be seen among them:
2And so that you may be able to give to your son and to your son’s son the story of my wonders in Egypt, and the signs which I have done among them; so that you may see that I am the Lord.
3Then Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and said to him, This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: How long will you be lifted up in your pride before me? let my people go so that they may give me worship.
4For if you will not let my people go, tomorrow I will send locusts into your land:
5And the face of the earth will be covered with them, so that you will not be able to see the earth: and they will be the destruction of everything which up to now has not been damaged, everything which was not crushed by the ice-storm, and every tree still living in your fields.
6And your houses will be full of them, and the houses of your servants and of all the Egyptians; it will be worse than anything your fathers have seen or their fathers, from the day when they were living on the earth till this day. And so he went out from Pharaoh.
7And Pharaoh’s servants said to him, How long is this man to be the cause of evil to us? let the men go so that they may give worship to the Lord their God: are you not awake to Egypt’s danger?
8Then Moses and Aaron came in again before Pharaoh: and he said to them, Go and give worship to the Lord your God: but which of you are going?
9And Moses said, We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds; for we are to keep a feast to the Lord.
10And he said to them, May the Lord be with you, if I will let you and your little ones go! take care, for your purpose clearly is evil.
11Not so; but let your males go and give worship to the Lord, as your desire is. This he said, driving them out from before him.
12And the Lord said to Moses, Let your hand be stretched out over the land of Egypt so that the locusts may come up on the land for the destruction of every green plant in the land, even everything untouched by the ice-storm.
13And Moses’ rod was stretched out over the land of Egypt, and the Lord sent an east wind over the land all that day and all the night; and in the morning the locusts came up with the east wind.
14And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, resting on every part of the land, in very great numbers; such an army of locusts had never been seen before, and never will be again.
15For all the face of the earth was covered with them, so that the land was black; and every green plant and all the fruit of the trees which was untouched by the ice-storm they took for food: not one green thing, no plant or tree, was to be seen in all the land of Egypt.
16Then Pharaoh quickly sent for Moses and Aaron, and said, I have done evil against the Lord your God and against you.
17Let me now have forgiveness for my sin this time only, and make prayer to the Lord your God that he will take away from me this death only.
18So he went out from Pharaoh and made prayer to the Lord.
19And the Lord sent a very strong west wind, which took up the locusts, driving them into the Red Sea; not one locust was to be seen in any part of Egypt.
20But the Lord made Pharaoh’s heart hard, and he did not let the children of Israel go.
21And the Lord said to Moses, Let your hand be stretched out to heaven, and all the land of Egypt will be dark, so that men will be feeling their way about in the dark.
22And when Moses’ hand was stretched out, dark night came over all the land of Egypt for three days;
23They were not able to see one another, and no one got up from his place for three days: but where the children of Israel were living it was light.
24Then Pharaoh sent for Moses, and said, Go and give worship to the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be kept here: your little ones may go with you.
25But Moses said, You will have to let us take burned offerings to put before the Lord our God.
26So our cattle will have to go with us, not one may be kept back; for they are needed for the worship of the Lord our God; we have no knowledge what offering we have to give till we come to the place.
27But the Lord made Pharaoh’s heart hard, and he would not let them go.
28And Pharaoh said to him, Go away from me, take care that you come not again before me; for the day when you see my face again will be your last.
29And Moses said, You say truly; I will not see your face again.
1And the Lord said to Moses, I will send one more punishment on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that he will let you go; and when he does let you go, he will not keep one of you back, but will send you out by force.
To the chief music-maker. Of David. A Psalm.
1 When I was waiting quietly for the Lord, his heart was turned to me, and he gave ear to my cry.
2He took me up out of a deep waste place, out of the soft and sticky earth; he put my feet on a rock, and made my steps certain.
3And he put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God; numbers have seen it with fear, and put their faith in the Lord.
4Happy is the man who has faith in the Lord, and does not give honour to the men of pride or to those who are turned away to deceit.
5O Lord my God, great are the wonders which you have done in your thought for us; it is not possible to put them out in order before you; when I would give an account of them, their number is greater than I may say.
6You had no desire for offerings of beasts or fruits of the earth; ears you made for me: for burned offerings and sin offerings you made no request.
7Then I said, See, I come; it is recorded of me in the roll of the book,
8My delight is to do your pleasure, O my God; truly, your law is in my heart.
9I have given news of righteousness in the great meeting; O Lord, you have knowledge that I have not kept back my words.
10Your righteousness has not been folded away in my heart; I have made clear your true word and your salvation; I have not kept secret your mercy or your faith from the great meeting.
11Take not away your gentle mercies from me, O Lord; let your mercy and your faith keep me safe for ever.
12For unnumbered evils are round about me; my sins have overtaken me, so that I am bent down with their weight; they are more than the hairs of my head, my strength is gone because of them.
13Be pleased, O Lord, to take me out of danger; O Lord, come quickly and give me help.
14Let those who go after my soul for its destruction have shame and trouble together; let them be turned back and made foolish who take pleasure in my trouble.
15Let those who say to me, Aha, aha! be surprised because of their shame.
16Let all those who are looking for you be glad and have joy in you; let the lovers of your salvation ever say, May the Lord be great.
17Though I am poor and in need, the Lord has me in mind; you are my help and my saviour; let there be no waiting, O my God.
13For when God made his oath to Abraham, because there was no greater oath, he made it by himself,
14Saying, Be certain that I will give you my blessing, and make your numbers very great.
15And so, when he had been waiting calmly for a long time, God’s word to him was put into effect.
16For men at all times make their oaths by what is greater; and any argument is ended by the decision of the oath.
17So that when it was God’s desire to make it specially clear to those who by his word were to have the heritage, that his purpose was fixed, he made it more certain with an oath;
18So that we, who have gone in flight from danger to the hope which has been put before us, may have a strong comfort in two unchanging things, in which it is not possible for God to be false;
19And this hope is like a strong band for our souls, fixed and certain, and going in to that which is inside the veil;
20Where Jesus has gone before us, as a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.