The Bible in Its Traditions

Exodus 7:8–13

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And YHWH spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying

And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,

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'When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying: Show a wonder for you; then thou shalt say unto Aaron: Take thy rod, and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it become a serpent.'

Now if Pharao should speak to you, saying, Give us a sign or a wonder, then shalt thou say to thy brother Aaron, Take thy rod and cast it upon the ground before Pharao, and before his servants, and it shall become a serpent.

“When Pharaoh will say to you, ‘Show signs,’ you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff, and cast it down before Pharaoh, and it will be turned into a snake.’ ”

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10  And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so, as YHWH had commanded; and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent.

10  And so Moses and Aaron entered to Pharaoh, and they did just as the Lord had commanded. And Aaron took the staff in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and it was turned into a snake.

10  So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh, and they did as the LORD had commanded; and Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and before his noblemen, and it became a serpent.

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11  Then Pharaoh also called for the wise men and the sorcerers; and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did in like manner with their secret arts.

11  But Pharao called together the wise men of Egypt, and the sorcerers, and the charmers also of the Egyptians did likewise with their sorceries.

11  Then Pharaoh called the wise men and the sorcerers. And they also, by Egyptian incantations and certain secrets, did similarly.

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12  For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents; but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

12  And they cast down each his rod, and they became serpents, but the rod of Aaron swallowed up their rods.

12  And each one cast down their staffs, and they were turned into serpents. But the staff of Aaron devoured their staffs.

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13  And Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as YHWH had spoken.

13  and the heart of Pharao was hardened, and he hearkened not to them, as the Lord charged them.

13  However Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and would not let them go, as the LORD had said.