Exodus 4:18 — 7:25
18 Accordingly Moses went and returned to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him: “I want to go, please, and return to my brothers who are in Egypt that I may see whether they are still alive.” So Jethro said to Moses: “Go in peace.” 19 After that Jehovah said to Moses in Midian: “Go, return to Egypt, because all the men who were hunting for your soul are dead.”
20 Then Moses took his wife and his sons and made them ride on an ass, and he proceeded to return to the land of Egypt. Moreover, Moses took the rod of the [true] God in his hand. 21 And Jehovah went on to say to Moses: “After you have gone and returned to Egypt see that YOU men actually perform all the miracles that I have put in your hand before Pharaoh. As for me, I shall let his heart become obstinate; and he will not send the people away. 22 And you must say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what Jehovah has said: “Israel is my son, my firstborn. 23 And I say to you: Send my son away that he may serve me. But should you refuse to send him away, here I am killing your son, your firstborn.”’”
24 Now it came about on the road at the lodging place that Jehovah got to meet him and kept looking for a way to put him to death. 25 Finally Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and caused it to touch his feet and said: “It is because you are a bridegroom of blood to me.” 26 Consequently he let go of him. At that time she said: “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.
27 Then Jehovah said to Aaron: “Go to meet Moses into the wilderness.” With that he went and met him in the mountain of the [true] God and kissed him. 28 And Moses proceeded to tell Aaron all the words of Jehovah, who had sent him, and all the signs that he had commanded him to do. 29 After that Moses and Aaron went and gathered all the older men of the sons of Israel. 30 Then Aaron spoke all the words that Jehovah had spoken to Moses, and he performed the signs under the eyes of the people. 31 At this the people believed. When they heard that Jehovah had turned his attention to the sons of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, then they bowed down and prostrated themselves.
5 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in and proceeded to say to Pharaoh: “This is what Jehovah the God of Israel has said, ‘Send my people away that they may celebrate a festival to me in the wilderness.’” 2 But Pharaoh said: “Who is Jehovah, so that I should obey his voice to send Israel away? I do not know Jehovah at all and, what is more, I am not going to send Israel away.” 3 However, they went on to say: “The God of the Hebrews has come in touch with us. We want to go, please, a journey of three days into the wilderness and sacrifice to Jehovah our God; otherwise he may strike at us with pestilence or with sword.” 4 At this the king of Egypt said to them: “Why is it, Moses and Aaron, that YOU cause the people to leave off from their works? Go bearing YOUR burdens!” 5 And Pharaoh continued: “Look! The people of the land are now many, and YOU indeed make them desist from their bearing of burdens.”
6 Immediately on that day Pharaoh commanded those who drove the people to work and their officers, saying: 7 “YOU must not gather straw to give to the people to make bricks as formerly. Let them themselves go and gather straw for themselves. 8 Moreover, the required amount of bricks that they were making formerly, YOU will further impose upon them. YOU must not make any reduction for them, because they are relaxing. That is why they are crying out, saying, ‘We want to go, we want to sacrifice to our God!’ 9 Let the service be heavy upon the men and let them work at it, and let them not pay attention to false words.”
10 So those who drove the people to work and their officers went out and said to the people: “Here is what Pharaoh has said, ‘I am giving YOU no more straw. 11 YOU yourselves go, get straw for yourselves wherever YOU may find it, because there is to be no reducing of YOUR services one bit.’” 12 Consequently the people scattered about over all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw. 13 And those who drove them to work kept urging them, saying: “Finish YOUR works, each one his work, day for day, just as when straw was available.” 14 Later on the officers of the sons of Israel, whom Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, these saying: “Why is it YOU did not finish YOUR prescribed task in making bricks as formerly, both yesterday and today?”
15 Consequently the officers of the sons of Israel went in and began to cry out to Pharaoh, saying: “Why do you deal this way with your servants? 16 There is no straw given to your servants and yet they are saying to us, ‘Make bricks!’ and here your servants are beaten, whereas your own people are at fault.” 17 But he said: “YOU are relaxing, YOU are relaxing! That is why YOU are saying, ‘We want to go, we want to sacrifice to Jehovah.’ 18 And now go, serve! Though no straw will be given to YOU, yet YOU are to give the fixed amount of bricks.”
19 Then the officers of the sons of Israel saw themselves in an evil plight at the saying: “YOU must not deduct from YOUR bricks one bit of anyone’s daily rate.” 20 After that they encountered Moses and Aaron, who were standing there to meet them as they came out from Pharaoh. 21 At once they said to them: “May Jehovah look upon YOU and judge, since YOU have made us smell offensive before Pharaoh and before his servants so as to put a sword in their hand to kill us.” 22 Then Moses turned to Jehovah and said: “Jehovah, why have you caused evil to this people? Why is it that you have sent me? 23 For from the time that I went in before Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have by no means delivered your people.”
6 So Jehovah said to Moses: “Now you will see what I shall do to Pharaoh, because on account of a strong hand he will send them away and on account of a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”
2 And God went on to speak to Moses and to say to him: “I am Jehovah. 3 And I used to appear to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as God Almighty, but as respects my name Jehovah I did not make myself known to them. 4 And I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their alien residences in which they resided as aliens. 5 And I, even I, have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I remember my covenant.
6 “Therefore say to the sons of Israel, ‘I am Jehovah, and I shall certainly bring YOU out from under the burdens of the Egyptians and deliver YOU from their slavery, and I shall indeed reclaim YOU with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. 7 And I shall certainly take YOU to me as a people, and I shall indeed prove to be God to YOU; and YOU will certainly know that I am Jehovah YOUR God who is bringing YOU out from under the burdens of Egypt. 8 And I shall certainly bring YOU into the land that I raised my hand in oath to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and I shall indeed give it to YOU as something to possess. I am Jehovah.’”
9 Afterward Moses spoke to this effect to the sons of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses out of discouragement and for the hard slavery.
10 Then Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying: 11 “Go in, speak to Pharaoh, Egypt’s king, that he should send the sons of Israel away out of his land.” 12 However, Moses spoke before Jehovah, saying: “Look! The sons of Israel have not listened to me; and how will Pharaoh ever listen to me, as I am uncircumcised in lips?” 13 But Jehovah continued to speak to Moses and Aaron and to issue the command by them to the sons of Israel and to Pharaoh, Egypt’s king, in order to bring the sons of Israel out from the land of Egypt.
14 These are the heads of the house of their fathers: The sons of Reuben, Israel’s firstborn, were Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi. These are the families of Reuben.
15 And the sons of Simeon were Jemuel and Jamin and Ohad and Jachin and Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. These are the families of Simeon.
16 And these are the names of the sons of Levi, according to their family descents: Gershon and Kohath and Merari. And the years of Levi’s life were a hundred and thirty-seven years.
17 The sons of Gershon were Libni and Shimei, according to their families.
18 And the sons of Kohath were Amram and Izhar and Hebron and Uzziel. And the years of Kohath’s life were a hundred and thirty-three years.
19 And the sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi.
These were the families of the Levites, according to their family descents.
20 Now Amram took Jochebed his father’s sister as his wife. Later she bore him Aaron and Moses. And the years of Amram’s life were a hundred and thirty-seven years.
21 And the sons of Izhar were Korah and Nepheg and Zichri.
22 And the sons of Uzziel were Mishael and Elzaphan and Sithri.
23 Now Aaron took Elisheba, Amminadab’s daughter, the sister of Nahshon, as his wife. Later she bore him Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
24 And the sons of Korah were Assir and Elkanah and Abiasaph. These were the families of the Korahites.
25 And Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took for himself one of the daughters of Putiel as his wife. Later she bore him Phinehas.
These are the heads of the fathers of the Levites, according to their families.
26 This is the Aaron and Moses to whom Jehovah said: “BRING the sons of Israel out from the land of Egypt according to their armies.” 27 They were the ones speaking to Pharaoh, Egypt’s king, to bring the sons of Israel out from Egypt. This is the Moses and Aaron.
28 And it came about on the day that Jehovah spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29 that Jehovah went on to speak to Moses, saying: “I am Jehovah. Speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I am speaking to you.” 30 Then Moses said before Jehovah: “Look! I am uncircumcised in lips, so how will Pharaoh ever listen to me?”
7 Consequently Jehovah said to Moses: “See, I have made you God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your own brother will become your prophet. 2 You—you will speak all that I shall command you; and Aaron your brother will do the speaking to Pharaoh, and he must send the sons of Israel away from his land. 3 As for me, I shall let Pharaoh’s heart become obstinate, and I shall certainly multiply my signs and my miracles in the land of Egypt. 4 And Pharaoh will not listen to YOU men; and I shall have to lay my hand upon Egypt and bring my armies, my people, the sons of Israel, out from the land of Egypt with great judgments. 5 And the Egyptians will certainly know that I am Jehovah when I stretch out my hand against Egypt, and I shall indeed bring the sons of Israel out from their midst.” 6 And Moses and Aaron went ahead doing as Jehovah had commanded them. They did just so. 7 And Moses was eighty years old and Aaron was eighty-three years old at the time of their speaking to Pharaoh.
8 Jehovah now said to Moses and Aaron: 9 “In case that Pharaoh speaks to YOU, saying, ‘Produce a miracle for yourselves,’ then you must say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and throw it down before Pharaoh.’ It will become a big snake.” 10 So Moses and Aaron went on in to Pharaoh and did exactly as Jehovah had commanded. Accordingly Aaron threw his rod down before Pharaoh and his servants and it became a big snake. 11 However, Pharaoh also called for the wise men and the sorcerers; and the magic-practicing priests of Egypt themselves also proceeded to do the same thing with their magic arts. 12 So they threw down each one his rod, and they became big snakes; but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. 13 Still, Pharaoh’s heart became obstinate, and he did not listen to them, just as Jehovah had spoken.
14 Then Jehovah said to Moses: “Pharaoh’s heart is unresponsive. He has refused to send the people away. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning. Look! He is going out to the water! And you must put yourself in position to meet him by the edge of the Nile River, and the rod that turned into a serpent you are to take in your hand. 16 And you must say to him, ‘Jehovah the God of the Hebrews has sent me to you, saying: “Send my people away that they may serve me in the wilderness,” but here you have not obeyed until now. 17 This is what Jehovah has said: “By this you will know that I am Jehovah. Here I am striking with the rod that is in my hand upon the water that is in the Nile River, and it will certainly turn into blood. 18 And the fish that are in the Nile River will die, and the Nile River will actually stink, and the Egyptians will simply have no stomach for drinking water from the Nile River.”’”
19 Subsequently Jehovah said to Moses: “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and stretch your hand out over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, over their Nile canals and over their reedy pools and over all their impounded waters, that they may become blood.’ And there will certainly be blood in all the land of Egypt and in the wooden vessels and in the stone vessels.” 20 Immediately Moses and Aaron did so, just as Jehovah had commanded, and he lifted up the rod and struck the water that was in the Nile River under the eyes of Pharaoh and his servants, and all the water that was in the Nile River was turned into blood. 21 And the fish that were in the Nile River died, and the Nile River began to stink; and the Egyptians were unable to drink water from the Nile River; and the blood came to be in all the land of Egypt.
22 Nevertheless, the magic-practicing priests of Egypt proceeded to do the same thing with their secret arts; so that Pharaoh’s heart continued to be obstinate, and he did not listen to them, just as Jehovah had spoken. 23 Hence Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not set his heart to have any regard for this either. 24 And all the Egyptians went digging round about the Nile River for water to drink, because they were unable to drink any water of the Nile River. 25 And seven days came to be fulfilled after Jehovah’s striking the Nile River.