Exodus 10

1The Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh. I have made him and his officials stubborn. I did this so I could show them my powerful miracles. 2I also did this so you could tell your children and your grandchildren about the miracles and other wonderful things that I have done in Egypt. Then all of you will know that I am the Lord.” 3So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh. They told him, “The Lord, the God of the Hebrew people, says, 'How long will you refuse to obey me? Let my people go to worship me! 4If you refuse to let my people go, then tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country. 5The locusts will cover the land. There will be so many locusts that you won’t be able to see the ground. Anything that was left from the hailstorm will be eaten by the locusts. The locusts will eat all the leaves from every tree in the field. 6The locusts will fill all your houses, and all your officials’ houses, and all the houses in Egypt. There will be more locusts than your fathers or your grandfathers ever saw. There will be more locusts than there have ever been since people began living in Egypt.’” Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh. 7Then the officials asked Pharaoh, “How long will we be trapped by these people. Let the men go to worship the Lord their God. If you don’t let them go, then before you know it, Egypt will be destroyed!” 8So Pharaoh told his officials to bring Moses and Aaron back to him. Pharaoh said to them, “Go and worship the Lord your God. But tell me, exactly who is going?” 9Moses answered, “All of our people, young and old, will go. And we will take our sons and daughters, and our sheep and cattle with us. We will all go because the Lord’s feast is for all of us.” 10Pharaoh said to them, “The Lord really will have to be with you before I let you and all of your children leave Egypt. Look, you are planning something bad. 11The men can go worship the Lord. That is what you asked for in the beginning. But all of your people can’t go.” Then Pharaoh sent Moses and Aaron away. 12The Lord told Moses, “Raise your arm over the land of Egypt and the locusts will come! The locusts will spread all over the land of Egypt. The locusts will eat all the plants that the hail did not destroy.” 13So Moses raised his walking stick over the land of Egypt, and the Lord caused a strong wind to blow from the east. The wind blew all that day and night. When morning came, the wind had brought the locusts to the land of Egypt. 14The locusts flew into the country of Egypt and landed on the ground. There were more locusts than there had ever been in Egypt. And there will never again be that many locusts there. 15The locusts covered the ground, and the whole country became dark. The locusts ate every plant on the ground and all of the fruit in the trees that the hail had not destroyed. There weren’t any leaves left on any of the trees or plants anywhere in Egypt. 16Pharaoh quickly called for Moses and Aaron. Pharaoh said, “I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you. 17Now, forgive me for my sins this time. Ask the Lord to remove this 'death’ ˻(locusts)˼ from me.” 18Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord. 19So the Lord changed the wind. The Lord made a very strong wind blow from the west, and it blew the locusts out of Egypt and into the Red Sea. Not one locust was left in Egypt! 20But the Lord caused Pharaoh to be stubborn again. And Pharaoh did not let the people of Israel go. 21Then the Lord told Moses, “Raise your arm into the air and darkness will cover Egypt. It will be so dark you can feel it!” 22So Moses raised his arm into the air and a cloud of darkness covered Egypt. The darkness stayed in Egypt for three days. 23None of the people could see each other. And no one got up to go any place for three days. But there was light in all the places where the people of Israel lived. 24Again Pharaoh called for Moses. Pharaoh said, “Go and worship the Lord! You can take your children with you. But you must leave your sheep and cattle here.” 25Moses said, “˻Not only will we take our sheep and cattle with us, but when we leave,˼ even you will give us offerings and sacrifices for us to use in worshiping the Lord our God! 26Yes, we will take our animals with us to worship the Lord. Not one hoof will be left behind. We don’t know yet exactly what we will need to worship the Lord. We will learn that only when we get to the place we are going. So we must take all of these things with us.” 27The Lord made Pharaoh stubborn again. So Pharaoh refused to let them go. 28Then Pharaoh told Moses, “Get out of here! I don’t want you to come here again! The next time you come to see me, you will die!” 29Then Moses told Pharaoh, “You are right about one thing. I won’t come to see you again!”

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