Exodus 10-12 World English Bible

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The Plague of Locusts

10 1  Yahweh said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I may show these my signs in the midst of them, 2  and that you may tell in the hearing of your son, and of your son’s son, what things I have done to Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that you may know that I am Yahweh.” 3  Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and said to him, “This is what Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me. 4  Or else, if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country, 5  and they shall cover the surface of the earth, so that one won’t be able to see the earth. They shall eat the residue of that which has escaped, which remains to you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which grows for you out of the field. 6  Your houses shall be filled, and the houses of all your servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; as neither your fathers nor your fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were on the earth to this day.’” He turned, and went out from Pharaoh. 7  Pharaoh’s servants said to him, “How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve Yahweh, their God. Don’t you yet know that Egypt is destroyed?” 8  Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh, and he said to them, “Go, serve Yahweh your God; but who are those who will go?” 9  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 to Yahweh.” 10  He said to them, “Yahweh be with you if I will let you go with your little ones! See, evil is clearly before your faces. 11  Not so! Go now you who are men, and serve Yahweh; for that is what you desire!” They were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.

12  Yahweh said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up on the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail has left.” 13  Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and Yahweh brought an east wind on the land all that day, and all the night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. 14  The locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the borders of Egypt. They were very grievous. Before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. 15  For they covered the surface of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened, and they ate every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left. There remained nothing green, either tree or herb of the field, through all the land of Egypt. 16  Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste, and he said, “I have sinned against Yahweh your God, and against you. 17  Now therefore please forgive my sin again, and pray to Yahweh your God, that he may also take away from me this death.” 18  He went out from Pharaoh, and prayed to Yahweh. 19  Yahweh turned an exceeding strong west wind, which took up the locusts, and drove them into the Red Sea [1]. There remained not one locust in all the borders of Egypt. 20  But Yahweh hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he didn’t let the children of Israel go.

The Plague of Darkness

21  Yahweh said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.” 22  Moses stretched forth his hand toward the sky, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. 23  They didn’t see one another, neither did anyone rise from his place for three days; but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. 24  Pharaoh called to Moses, and said, “Go, serve Yahweh. Only let your flocks and your herds stay behind. Let your little ones also go with you.” 25  Moses said, “You must also give into our hand sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to Yahweh our God. 26  Our livestock also shall go with us. There shall not a hoof be left behind, for of it we must take to serve Yahweh our God; and we don’t know with what we must serve Yahweh, until we come there.” 27  But Yahweh hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he wouldn’t let them go. 28  Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me! Be careful to see my face no more; for in the day you see my face you shall die!” 29  Moses said, “You have spoken well. I will see your face again no more.”

The Death of the Firstborn Foretold

11 1  Yahweh said to Moses, “Yet one plague more will I bring on Pharaoh, and on Egypt; afterwards he will let you go. When he lets you go, he will surely thrust you out altogether. 2  Speak now in the ears of the people, and let them ask every man of his neighbor, and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold.” 3  Yahweh 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.

4  Moses said, “This is what Yahweh says: ‘About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt, 5  and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of livestock. 6  There shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there has not been, nor shall be any more. 7  But against any of the children of Israel a dog won’t even bark or move its tongue, against man or animal; that you may know that Yahweh makes a distinction between the Egyptians and Israel. 8  All these your servants shall come down to me, and bow down themselves to me, saying, “Get out, with all the people who follow you;” and after that I will go out.’” He went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. 9  Yahweh said to Moses, “Pharaoh won’t listen to you, that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.” 10  Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, and Yahweh hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he didn’t let the children of Israel go out of his land.

The Passover

12 1  Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2  “This month shall be to you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year to you. 3  Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth day of this month, they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household; 4  and if the household is too little for a lamb, then he and his neighbor next to his house shall take one according to the number of the souls; according to what everyone can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. 5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats: 6  and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at evening. 7  They shall take some of the blood, and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel, on the houses in which they shall eat it. 8  They shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and unleavened bread. They shall eat it with bitter herbs. 9  Don’t eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted with fire; with its head, its legs and its inner parts. 10  You shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; but that which remains of it until the morning you shall burn with fire. 11  This is how you shall eat it: with your waist girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste: it is Yahweh’s Passover. 12  For I will go through the land of Egypt in that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and animal. Against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am Yahweh. 13  The blood shall be to you for a token on the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and there shall no plague be on you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. 14  This day shall be to you for a memorial, and you shall keep it a feast to Yahweh: throughout your generations you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever. 15  “‘Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread; even the first day you shall put away yeast out of your houses, for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 16  In the first day there shall be to you a holy convocation, and in the seventh day a holy convocation; no manner of work shall be done in them, except that which every man must eat, that only may be done by you. 17  You shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this same day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations by an ordinance forever. 18  In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty first day of the month at evening. 19  Seven days shall there be no yeast found in your houses, for whoever eats that which is leavened, that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a foreigner, or one who is born in the land. 20  You shall eat nothing leavened. In all your habitations you shall eat unleavened bread.’”

21  Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, “Draw out, and take lambs according to your families, and kill the Passover. 22  You shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. 23  For Yahweh will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when he sees the blood on the lintel, and on the two doorposts, Yahweh will pass over the door, and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to strike you. 24  You shall observe this thing for an ordinance to you and to your sons forever. 25  It shall happen when you have come to the land which Yahweh will give you, according as he has promised, that you shall keep this service. 26  It will happen, when your children ask you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ 27  that you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of Yahweh’s Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians, and spared our houses.’”

The people bowed their heads and worshiped. 28  The children of Israel went and did so; as Yahweh had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.

The Death of the Firstborn

29  It happened at midnight, that Yahweh struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of livestock. 30  Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. 31  He called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, “Rise up, get out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel; and go, serve Yahweh, as you have said! 32  Take both your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also!” 33  The Egyptians were urgent with the people, to send them out of the land in haste, for they said, “We are all dead men.” 34  The people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes on their shoulders. 35  The children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they asked of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and clothing. 36  Yahweh gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. They despoiled the Egyptians.

The Israelites Leave Egypt

37  The children of Israel traveled from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot who were men, besides children. 38  A mixed multitude went up also with them, with flocks, herds, and even very much livestock. 39  They baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt; for it wasn’t leavened, because they were thrust out of Egypt, and couldn’t wait, neither had they prepared for themselves any food. 40  Now the time that the children of Israel lived in Egypt was four hundred thirty years. 41  It happened at the end of four hundred thirty years, even the same day it happened, that all the armies of Yahweh went out from the land of Egypt. 42  It is a night to be much observed to Yahweh for bringing them out from the land of Egypt. This is that night of Yahweh, to be much observed of all the children of Israel throughout their generations.

43  Yahweh said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover. No foreigner shall eat of it, 44  but every man’s servant who is bought for money, when you have circumcised him, then shall he eat of it. 45  A foreigner and a hired servant shall not eat of it. 46  In one house shall it be eaten; you shall not carry forth anything of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall you break a bone of it. 47  All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. 48  When a stranger shall live as a foreigner with you, and will keep the Passover to Yahweh, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one who is born in the land: but no uncircumcised person shall eat of it. 49  One law shall be to him who is born at home, and to the stranger who lives as a foreigner among you.” 50  All the children of Israel did so. As Yahweh commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did. 51  It happened the same day, that Yahweh brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.

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Footnotes

[1] 10:19 or, Sea of Reeds

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