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Exodus 8:1-32

8  and Jehovah said to Moses “Go in to the Pharaoh and say to him ‘Says Jehovah, Let my people go to worship me; 2  and if you refuse to let them go I am going to plague all your territory with frogs, 3  and the Nile shall swarm with frogs and they shall come up and go into your house and into your sleeping-room and on your bed and into the houses of your officers and your people, and into your-baking-crocks and mixing-bowls: 4*  on you and on all your people the frogs shall come up.’” 5  And Jehovah said to Moses “Say to Aaron ‘Stretch out your hand with the stick over the streams, the arms of the Nile, and the pools, and bring up the frogs over Egypt.’” 6  And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered Egypt. 7  And the scholars did the like by their occult arts and brought up the frogs over Egypt. 8  And the Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said “Intercede with Jehovah and have him take away the frogs from me and my people, and I will let the people go and sacrifice to Jehovah.” 9  And Moses said to the Pharaoh “Specify to me for what time I shall intercede with Jehovah for you and your officers and your people, to rid you and your houses of the frogs—they shall be left only in the Nile.” 10  And he said “For tomorrow.” And he said “As you say, in order that you may know that there is no one like our God Jehovah; 11  and the frogs shall pass away from you and your houses and your officers and your people, they shall be left only in the Nile.” 12  And Moses and Aaron went out from the Pharaoh’s presence, and Moses cried out to Jehovah regarding the frogs he had set on the Pharaoh, 13  and Jehovah did as Moses said, and the frogs died out of the houses and the yards and the fields, 14  and they piled them up in heaps, and the country smelled. 15  And the Pharaoh saw that relief had come, and acted haughtily and would not listen to them, as Jehovah had predicted. 16  And Jehovah said to Moses “Say to Aaron ‘Stretch out your stick and strike the dust on the ground and have it become mosquitoes throughout Egypt.’” 17*  And Aaron stretched out his hand with his stick and struck the dust on the ground, and the mosquitoes came on man and beast: all the dust on the ground became mosquitoes throughout Egypt. 18*  And the scholars did the like with their occult arts, bringing out mosquitoes, but could not; and the mosquitoes came on man and beast. 19  And the scholars said to the Pharaoh “It is the finger of God”; but the Pharaoh was headstrong and would not listen to them, as Jehovah had predicted. 20  And Jehovah said to Moses “The first thing in the morning take your stand before the Pharaoh—you will find him coming out to the water—and say to him ‘Says Jehovah, Let my people go to worship me: 21  for if you do not let my people go, here I am sending the ʽarob flies on you and your officers and your people and your families, and the houses of Egypt shall be full of the ʽarob flies, and so shall the ground they are on. 22  And on that day I will distinguish the country of Goshen, on which my people stands, by not letting there be ʽarob flies there, that you may know that I Jehovah am in the country. 23*  And I will set a redemption between my people and yours. This token shall be for tomorrow.’” 24  And Jehovah did so, and an enormous number of ʽarob flies came into the Pharaoh’s palace and the houses of his officers and into all Egypt, and the country was ruined with the ʽarob flies. 25  And the Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said “Go sacrifice to your god in the country.” 26  But Moses said “It would not be the thing to do so, because we shall be sacrificing to our God Jehovah what the Egyptians abominate: suppose we sacrifice before the Egyptians’ eyes what they abominate, will they not stone us? 27  Three days’ journey into the wilderness we will go, and sacrifice to our God Jehovah as he will tell us to.” And the 28  Pharaoh said “I will let you go and you shall sacrifice to your god in the wilderness; only do not go far. Intercede for me!” 29  And Moses said “Here I am going out from your presence and will intercede with Jehovah, and the ʽarob flies shall pass away from the Pharaoh, his officers, and his people tomorrow; only let the Pharaoh no longer trifle with his word, not letting the children of Israel go to sacrifice to Jehovah.” 30  And Moses went out from the Pharaoh’s presence and interceded with Jehovah, 31  and Jehovah did as Moses said and the ʽarob flies passed away from the Pharaoh, his officers, and his people; there was not one left. 32  But the Pharaoh acted haughtily this time too, and would not let the people go.

Footnotes

8:4 Var. you and your people and all your officers Var. you and your officers and your people
8:17 Var. And they did so; and Aaron
8:18 Or to send out the mosquitoes
8:23 (redemption) Susp.