Exodus 7:1-15

ISV(i) 1 The LORD said to Moses, "Listen! I've put you in the role of God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. 2 You are to speak all that I've commanded you, and then your brother Aaron will speak to Pharaoh, telling him to let the Israelites go out of his land. 3 I'll harden Pharaoh's heart and I'll add more and more of my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt. 4 When Pharaoh won't listen to you, I'll let loose my power upon Egypt. I'll bring out my tribal divisions {— } my people the Israelites {— } from the land of Egypt with great acts of judgment. 5 The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand over Egypt to bring the Israelites out from among them." 6 Moses and Aaron did what the LORD commanded them. 7 Moses was 80 years old and Aaron was 83 when they spoke to Pharaoh. 8 Then the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron, 9 "When Pharaoh says to you, 'Perform a miraculous sign,' then you are to say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and throw it in front of Pharaoh.' It will become a serpent." 10 Then Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and did what the LORD had commanded them. Aaron threw his staff in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a serpent. 11 Then Pharaoh also called for the wise men and sorcerers, and they {— } along with the Egyptian magicians {— } did the same thing with their secret arts. 12 So each one threw down his staff and it became a serpent, but Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh's heart was stubborn and he did not listen to them, just as the LORD had said would happen. 14 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Pharaoh's heart is hard. He has refused to let the people go. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he's going down to the water. Stand on the bank of the Nile and meet him,. Be sure to take with you the staff that was turned into a snake.