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The Second Plague: Frogs

1Yahweh spoke to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘This is what Yahweh says, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.
  2If you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your borders with frogs.
  3And the river will swarm with frogs that will go up and come into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the house of your servants and on your people, and into your ovens and into your kneading troughs.
  4And the frogs will come up both on you and on your people and on all your servants.”’”
 

5And Yahweh said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the streams and over the pools, and cause frogs to come up onto the land of Egypt.’”
  6Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt.
  7The magicians did the same thing with their enchantments and brought up frogs on the land of Egypt.
 

8Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Entreat Yahweh that he take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go that they may sacrifice to Yahweh.”
 

9Moses said to Pharaoh, “I give you the honor of setting the time that I should pray for you and for your servants and for your people, that the frogs be destroyed from you and your houses and remain in the river only.”
 

10He said, “Tomorrow.”

He said, “Be it according to your word, that you may know that there is none like Yahweh our God.
  11The frogs will depart from you and from your houses and from your servants and from your people. They will remain in the river only.”
  12Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried out to Yahweh concerning the frogs that he had brought on Pharaoh.
  13Yahweh did according to the word of Moses. And the frogs died out of the houses, out of the courts, and out of the fields.
  14They gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank.
  15But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, his heart became unyielding and he did not listen to them, as Yahweh had spoken.
 

The Third Plague: Lice

16Yahweh said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, so that it will become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.’”
  17They did so. And Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff and struck the dust of the earth, and there were lice on man and on animal. All the dust of the earth became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
  18The magicians tried with their enchantments to produce lice, but they could not. There were lice on man and on animal.
 

19Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he did not listen to them, just as Yahweh had spoken.
 

The Fourth Plague: Swarms of Flies

20Yahweh said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh, behold, he comes out to the water, and tell him, ‘This is what Yahweh says, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.
  21Else, if you will not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and on your servants and on your people, and into your houses. And the houses of the Egyptians will be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they are.
  22I will set apart in that day the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, that no swarms of flies will be there, to the end you may know that I am Yahweh in the midst of the earth.
  23I will put a division between my people and your people. By tomorrow will this sign be.”’”
 

24Yahweh did so. And there came grievous swarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh and into his servants’ houses. And in all the land of Egypt the land was corrupted by reason of the swarms of flies.
  25Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God in the land!”
 

26But Moses said, “It would not be right to do so, for the offerings we sacrifice to Yahweh our God are an abomination to the Egyptians. If we sacrifice offerings abominable to the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not stone us?
  27We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to Yahweh our God as he will command us.”
 

28Pharaoh said, “I will let you go, that you may sacrifice to Yahweh your God in the wilderness; only you are not to go very far away. Pray for me.”
 

29Moses said, “Behold, I go out from you and I will pray to Yahweh that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, tomorrow. Only do not let Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to Yahweh.”
  30Moses went out from Pharaoh and prayed to Yahweh.
  31Yahweh did according to the word of Moses, and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one.
  32But Pharaoh made his heart unyielding this time also, and he did not let the people go.
 


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