Exodus 7

CLV(i) 1 Yahweh said to Moses: See, I appoint you as Elohim to Pharaoh; and Aaron, your brother, shall come to be your prophet. 2 You yourself shall speak all that I am instructing you while Aaron, your brother, shall speak to Pharaoh that he dismiss the sons of Israel from his land. 3 And I Myself shall harden the heart of Pharaoh and increase My signs and My miracles in the land of Egypt. 4 Though Pharaoh shall not hearken to you, yet I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring forth My hosts, My people, the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt with great judgments. 5 And all the Egyptians will know that I am Yahweh when I stretch out My hand over Egypt and bring forth the sons of Israel from their midst. 6 So Moses and Aaron did just as Yahweh instructed them; thus they did. 7 Now Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron was eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh. 8 Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying. 9 When Pharaoh is speaking to you, saying, Give your sign or miracle, then you will say to Aaron, Take your rod and fling it before Pharaoh that it may become a snake. 10 Moses and Aaron entered to Pharaoh and did so, just as Yahweh had instructed. Aaron flung his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a snake. 11 Pharaoh, however, called for the wise men and for the enchanters. And even they, the sacred scribes of Egypt, did so with their occultisms. 12 Each man flung his rod, and they became snakes. Then Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods. 13 Yet the heart of Pharaoh was steadfast, and he did not hearken to them, just as Yahweh had spoken. 14 Then Yahweh said to Moses: Gloried is the heart of Pharaoh; he has refused to dismiss the people. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning. Behold, he shall be going forth to the waters, so you will station yourself to meet him on the shore of the waterway. And the rod which was turned into a serpent shall you take in your hand. 16 Then you will say to him: Yahweh, the Elohim of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, Dismiss My people that they may serve Me in the wilderness. And behold, you have not hearkened meanwhile. 17 Thus says Yahweh: By this shall you know that I am Yahweh. Behold, I shall be smiting with the rod which is in my hand upon the waters which are in the waterway, and they will be turned to blood, 18 and the fish which are in the waterway shall die, and the waterway will stink, and the Egyptians will be too repelled to drink the waters from the waterway. 19 Then Yahweh said to Moses: Say to Aaron, Take your rod, and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their streams, over their waterways, over their ponds and over every confluence of their waters that they may become blood. Thus there will come to be blood in all the land of Egypt and in wooden and in stone troughs. 20 Moses and Aaron did so just as Yahweh had instructed; he raised the rod and smote the waters which were in the waterway before the eyes of Pharaoh and before the eyes of his servants. And all the waters which were in the waterway were turned to blood. 21 The fish which were in the waterway died, and the waterway stank so that the Egyptians were unable to drink the waters from the waterway. And the blood came to be in all the land of Egypt. 22 Also the sacred scribes of Egypt did so with their occultisms; hence the heart of Pharaoh was steadfast, and he did not hearken to them, just as Yahweh had spoken. 23 Pharaoh turned around, entered into his house and did not set his heart even to this. 24 Yet all the Egyptians delved round about the waterway for waters to drink, for they were unable to drink from the waters of the waterway. 25 When seven days were fulfilled after Yahweh's smiting the waterway,