1 And Jehovah said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the
hearts of his servants, in order to perform these signs of Mine among them,
2 and that you may recount in the ears of your son and your son's son how I have dealt
ruthlessly in Egypt, and My signs which I have brought to pass among them, that you have
come to know that I am Jehovah.
3 And Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh and said to him, Thus says Jehovah the God
of the Hebrews: 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
5 And they shall cover the face of the earth, so that no one will be able to see the land;
and they shall eat the rest of what is left, which remains to you from the hail, and they shall
eat every tree which grows up for you out of the field.
6 And they shall fill your houses, the houses of all your servants, and the houses of all the
Egyptians; which neither your fathers nor your fathers' fathers have seen, since the day
that they were on the earth to this day. And he turned and went out from Pharaoh.
7 And Pharaoh's servants said to him, How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the
men go, that they may serve Jehovah their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt has
8 And Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh, and he said to them, Go, serve
Jehovah your God. Who are the ones going?
9 And Moses said, We will go with our young and our old; with our sons and our
daughters, with our flocks and our herds we will go, for it is a feast unto Jehovah.
10 And he said to them, Jehovah be with you if ever I let you and your little ones go!
Consider, for evil is before you!
11 Not so! Go now, you who are men, and serve Jehovah, for that is what you desired.
And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence.
12 And Jehovah said to Moses, Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the
locusts, that they may come upon the land of Egypt, and eat every plant of the land; all that
the hail has left.
13 And Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and Jehovah brought an east
wind upon the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind
brought the locusts.
14 And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt and rested on all the territory of Egypt. Exceedingly numerous; previously there had been no such locusts as they, nor shall there be such after them.
15 For they covered the eye of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they
ate every plant of the land and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left. So there
remained nothing green on the trees or on the plants of the field throughout all the land of
16 And Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron in haste, and said, I have sinned against
Jehovah your God and against you.
17 Now therefore, please forgive my sin only this once, and entreat Jehovah your God,
that He may take away from me this death only.
18 And he went out from Pharaoh and entreated Jehovah.
19 And Jehovah turned a very strong wind from the west, which took the locusts away
and blew them into the Red Sea. There remained not one locust in all the territory of
20 And Jehovah hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go.
21 And Jehovah said to Moses, Stretch out your hand toward the heavens, that there
may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.
22 And Moses stretched out his hand toward the heavens, and there was thick darkness in
all the land of Egypt three days.
23 They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all
the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
24 And Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, Go, serve Jehovah; only let your flocks and
your herds be kept back. Let your little ones also go with you.
25 And Moses said, You must also give us sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may
make offerings unto Jehovah our God.
26 Our livestock also shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind. For we must take
some of them to serve Jehovah our God, and even we do not know with what we must
serve Jehovah until we arrive there.
27 And Jehovah hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go.
28 And Pharaoh said to him, Depart from me! Take heed to yourself and do not see my
face again! For in the day you see my face you shall die!
29 And Moses said, You have spoken correctly. I will not see your face again.