Invasion of frogs
1 # 8.1 7:26 in Heb Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and tell him: This is what the LORD says: Let my people go so that they can worship me. 2If you refuse to let them go, then I’ll send a plague of frogs over your whole country. 3The Nile will overflow with frogs. They’ll get into your palace, into your bedroom and onto your bed, into your officials’ houses, and among all your people, and even into your ovens and bread pans. 4The frogs will crawl up on you, your people, and all your officials.” 5And#8.5 8:1 in Heb the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your shepherd’s rod over the rivers, the canals, and the marshes, and make the frogs crawl up all over the land of Egypt.’” 6So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt. The frogs crawled up and covered the land of Egypt. 7However, the Egyptian religious experts were able to do the same thing by their secret knowledge. They too made frogs crawl up onto the land of Egypt.
8Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, “If you pray to the LORD to get rid of the frogs from me and my people, then I’ll let the people go so that they can offer sacrifices to the LORD.”
9Moses said to Pharaoh, “Have it your way. When should I pray for you and your officials and your people to remove the frogs from your houses, courtyards, and fields? They’ll stay only in the Nile.”
10Pharaoh said, “Tomorrow!”
Moses said, “Just as you say! That way you will know that there is no one like the LORD our God. 11The frogs will leave you, your houses, your officials, and your people. They’ll stay only in the Nile.” 12After Moses and Aaron had left Pharaoh, Moses cried out to the LORD about the frogs that the LORD had brought on Pharaoh. 13The LORD did as Moses asked. The frogs died inside the houses, out in the yards, and in the fields. 14They gathered them together in big piles, and the land began to stink. 15But when Pharaoh saw that the disaster was over, he became stubborn again and wouldn’t listen to them, just as the LORD had said.
16Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your shepherd’s rod and hit the land’s dirt so that lice#8.16 Heb uncertain appear in the whole land of Egypt.’” 17They did this. Aaron stretched out his hand with his shepherd’s rod, hit the land’s dirt, and lice appeared on both people and animals. All the land’s dirt turned into lice throughout the whole land of Egypt.
18The religious experts#8.18 Or magicians tried to produce lice by their secret knowledge, but they weren’t able to do it. There were lice on people and animals. 19The religious experts said to Pharaoh, “This is something only God could do!” But Pharaoh was stubborn, and he wouldn’t listen to them, just as the LORD had said.
Insects fill Egypt
20The LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh as he goes out to the water. Say to him, This is what the LORD says: Let my people go so that they can worship me. 21If you refuse to let my people go, I’ll send swarms of insects#8.21 Heb uncertain on you, your officials, your people, and your houses. All Egyptian houses will be filled with swarms of insects and also the ground that they cover. 22But on that day I’ll set apart the land of Goshen, where my people live. No swarms of insects will come there so you will know that I, the LORD, am in this land. 23I’ll put a barrier between my people and your people. This sign will happen tomorrow.” 24The LORD did this. Great swarms of insects came into the houses of Pharaoh and his officials and into the whole land of Egypt. The land was ruined by the insects.
25Then Pharaoh called in Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, offer sacrifices to your God within the land.”
26Moses replied, “It wouldn’t be right to do that, because the sacrifices that we offer to the LORD our God will offend Egyptians. If we openly offer sacrifices that offend Egyptians, won’t they stone us to death? 27We need to go for a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God as he has ordered us.”
28So Pharaoh said, “I’ll let you go to offer sacrifices to the LORD your God in the desert, provided you don’t go too far away and you pray for me.”
29Moses said, “I’ll leave you now, and I’ll pray to the LORD. Tomorrow the swarms of insects will leave Pharaoh, his officials, and his people. Just don’t let Pharaoh lie to us again and not let the people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD.”
30So Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to the LORD. 31The LORD did as Moses asked and removed the swarms of insects from Pharaoh, from his officials, and from his people. Not one insect remained. 32But Pharaoh was stubborn once again, and he wouldn’t let the people go.