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might show these my signs before him: and that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy sons' sons, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the Lord.” And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, “ Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, 'How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me. Else if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast. And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field: and they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers' fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day.” And he turned himself, and went out from Pharaoh. And Pharaoh's servants said unto him, “ How long shall this man be a snare unto us ? let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God : knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed ?” And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh : and he said unto them, “Go, serve the Lord your God: but who are they that shall go ?” And Moses said, “ We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go: for we must hold a feast unto the Lord.” And he said unto them, “ Let the Lord be so with you, as I will let you go, and your
little ones : look to it; for evil is before you. Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the Lord ; for that ye did desire.” And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence. And the Lord said unto Moses, “ Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left.” And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. And the locusts went up over all the land of Eygpt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they ; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened ; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herb of the field, through all the land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, “ I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you. Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and entreat the Lord your God, that he may take away from me this death only.” And he went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the Lord. And the Lord turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt. But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.
And the Lord said unto Moses, “Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.” And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: they saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days; but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, “Go ye, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed : let your little ones also go with you.” And Moses said, “ Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt-offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the Lord our God. Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the Lord our God; and we know not with what we must serve the Lord, until we come thither.” But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go. And Pharaoh said unto him, “Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die.” And Moses said, “ Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.”
THE DEATH OF THE FIRST-BORN.
And the Lord said unto Moses, “ Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether. Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbor, and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold.” And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people. And Moses said, “Thus saith the Lord, “ About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: and all the first-born in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first-born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the first-born of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the first-born of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast : that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, 'Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee:' and after that I will go out.” And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger. And the Lord said unto Moses, “ Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.” And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh : and the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.
ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, “They shall take to them every man a lamb, a lamb for an house : and if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house take it, and ye shall kill it; and shall take of the blood and strike it on the two side-posts and on the upper door-post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.” Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, “ Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side-posts with the blood that is in the basin ; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two sideposts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. And ye shall observe this thing as an ordinance to thee and to thy sons forever. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, · What mean ye by this service,' that ye shall say, • It is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.'” And the people of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.
And it came to pass that at midnight the Lord smote all the first-born of the land of Egypt, from the first-born of Pharaoh that sat on his throne, unto the first-born of the captive that