NASB — Exodus 7 — KJV

“I Will Stretch Out My Hand”

1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “aSee, I make you [as] God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. 2 You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother aAaron shall speak to Pharaoh that he let the sons of Israel go out of his land. 3 But aI will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may bmultiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. 4 When aPharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bbring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by cgreat judgments. 5 aThe Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I bstretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst.” 6 So Moses and Aaron did [it]; aas the LORD commanded them, thus they did. 7 Moses was aeighty years old and Aaron Ieighty-three, when they spoke to Pharaoh.

[1] aEx 4:16
[2] aEx 4:15
[3] aEx 4:21 bEx 11:9; Ac 7:36
[4] aEx 3:19, 20; 7:13, 16, 22; 8:15, 19; 9:12; 11:9 bEx 12:51; 13:3, 9 cEx 6:6
[5] aEx 7:17; 8:19, 22; 10:7; 14:4, 18, 25 bEx 3:20
[6] aGn 6:22; 7:5; Ex 7:2
[7] ILit 83 years old aDt 29:5; 31:2; 34:7; Ac 7:23, 30

Aaron’s Rod Becomes a Serpent

8 ¶ Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 9 “When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘IaWork a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘bTake your staff and throw [it] down before Pharaoh, [that] it may become a serpent.’” 10 So Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and thus they did just as the LORD had commanded; and Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh and Ihis servants, and it abecame a serpent. 11 Then Pharaoh also acalled for [the] wise men and [the] sorcerers, and they also, the Ibmagicians of Egypt, did IIthe same with ctheir secret arts. 12 For each one threw down his staff and they turned into serpents. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet aPharaoh’s heart was Ihardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said.

[9] ILit Show a wonder for yourselves aIs 7:11; Jn 2:18; 6:30 bEx 4:2, 17
[10] ILit before his aEx 4:3; 7:9
[11] IOr soothsayer priests IILit thus aDn 2:2; 4:6; 5:7 bGn 41:8; Ex 7:22; Dn 2:2; 2Ti 3:8 cEx 7:22; 8:7, 18; 2Ti 3:9; Rv 13:13, 14
[13] ILit strong aEx 4:21; 7:3, 22; 8:15, 19, 32; 9:7, 12, 34, 35; 10:1, 20, 27

Water Is Turned to Blood

14 ¶ Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is Istubborn; he refuses to let the people go. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning Ias ahe is going out to the water, and station yourself to meet him on the bank of the Nile; and you shall take in your hand bthe staff that was turned into a serpent. 16 aYou shall say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, “bLet My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness. But behold, you have not listened until now.” 17 Thus says the LORD, “aBy this you shall know that I am the LORD: behold, I will strike Ithe water that is in the Nile with the staff that is in my hand, and bit will be turned to blood. 18 aThe fish that are in the Nile will die, and the Nile will Ibecome foul, and the Egyptians will IIbfind difficulty in drinking water from the Nile.”’” 19 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and astretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, over their Istreams, and over their pools, and over all their reservoirs of water, that they may become blood; and there will be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in [vessels of] wood and in [vessels of] stone.’”

[14] IOr hard; lit heavy
[15] ILit behold aEx 2:5; 8:20 bEx 4:2, 3; 7:10
[16] aEx 3:13, 18; 4:22; 5:1 bEx 4:23; 5:1, 3
[17] ILit upon the waters aEx 5:2; 7:5; 10:2; Ps 9:16; Ezk 25:17 bEx 4:9; 7:20; Rv 11:6; 16:4, 6
[18] II.e. have a bad smell IIOr be weary of aEx 7:21 bEx 7:24
[19] IOr canals aEx 8:5, 6, 16; 9:22; 10:12, 21; 14:21, 26

20 ¶ So Moses and Aaron did even as the LORD had commanded. And he lifted up Iathe staff and struck the water that [was] in the Nile, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, and ball the water that [was] in the Nile was turned to blood. 21 The fish that [were] in the Nile died, and the Nile Ibecame foul, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. And the blood was through all the land of Egypt. 22 aBut the Imagicians of Egypt did IIthe same with their secret arts; and Pharaoh’s heart was IIIhardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said. 23 Then Pharaoh turned and went into his house Iwith no concern even for this. 24 So all the Egyptians dug around the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink of the water of the Nile. 25 Seven days Ipassed after the LORD had struck the Nile.

[20] ILit with the staff aEx 17:5 bPs 78:44; 105:29
[21] II.e. had a bad smell
[22] IOr soothsayer priests IILit thus IIILit strong aEx 7:11; 8:7
[23] ILit and he did not set his heart even to this
[25] ILit were fulfilled


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Moses is encouraged to go to Pharaoh.

1 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. 2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land. 3 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. 4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, [and] my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. 5 And the Egyptians shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. 6 And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.

[1] Gn 19:21; Ex 4:15; 16:29; 1K 17:23; 2K 6:32; Ps 82:6; Ec 1:10; Jr 1:10; Jn 10:35.
[2] Ex 4:15; 6:29; Dt 4:2; 1K 22:14; Jr 1:7, 17; Ezk 3:10, 17; Mt 28:20; Ac 20:27.
[3] Ex 4:7, 21, 29; 9:16; 11:9; Dt 4:34; 7:19; Ne 9:10; Ps 78:43; 105:27; 135:9; Is 51:9; Jr 32:20; Mi 7:15; Jn 4:48; Ac 2:22; 7:36; Ro 15:19.
[4] Ex 6:6, 26; 9:3; 10:1; 11:9; 12:51; Jg 2:15; Pv 19:29; Is 26:9; Lm 3:3; Ezk 14:21; 25:11; 30:14, 19; Rv 15:4; 16:7; 19:2.
[5] Ex 3:20; 7:17; 8:10, 22; 14:4, 18; Ps 9:16; Ezk 25:17; 28:22; 36:23; 39:7, 22.
[6] Gn 6:22; 22:18; Ex 7:2, 10; 12:28; 39:43; 40:16; Ps 119:4; Jn 15:10, 14.

His age.

7 And Moses [was] fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.

[7] Gn 41:46; Ex 2:23; Dt 29:5; 31:2; 34:7; Ps 90:10; Ac 7:23, 30.

His rod is turned into a serpent.

8 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 9 When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast [it] before Pharaoh, [and] it shall become a serpent.

[9] Ex 4:2, 17, 20; 7:10; 9:23; 10:13; Ps 74:12; Is 7:11; Ezk 29:3; Mt 12:39; Jn 2:18; 6:30; 10:38.

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

[10] Ex 4:3; 7:9; Am 9:3; Mk 16:18; Lk 10:19.

The sorcerers do the like.

11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

[11] Gn 41:8, 38; Ex 7:22; 8:7, 18; Dt 13:1; Is 19:11; 47:12; Dn 2:2, 27; 4:7; 5:7, 11; Mt 24:24; Ga 3:1; Ep 4:14; 2Th 2:9; 2Ti 3:8; Rv 13:11; 19:20.
[12] Ex 8:18; 9:11; Ac 8:9; 13:8; 19:19; 1Jn 4:4.

Pharaoh's heart is hardened.

13 And he hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

[13] Ex 4:21; 7:4; 8:15; 10:1, 20, 27; 14:17; Dt 2:30; Zc 7:11; Ro 1:28; 2:5; He 3:7, 13.

God's message to Pharaoh.

14 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart [is] hardened, he refuseth to let the people go. 15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand. 16 And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. 17 Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I [am] the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that [is] in mine hand upon the waters which [are] in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. 18 And the fish that [is] in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.

[14] Ex 4:23; 8:2, 15; 9:2; 10:1, 4, 20, 27; Is 1:20; Jr 8:5; 9:6; Zc 7:12; He 12:25.
[15] Ex 2:5; 4:2; 7:10; 8:20; Ezk 29:3.
[16] Ex 3:12, 18; 5:1, 3; 8:1, 20; 9:1, 13; 10:3; 13:15; 14:5; 1S 4:6; Is 45:13; Jr 50:33; Ac 4:21.
[17] Ex 1:22; 4:9; 5:2; 6:7; 7:5; 1S 17:46; 1K 20:28; 2K 19:19; Ps 9:16; 78:44; 83:18; 105:29; Ezk 29:9; 30:8, 19; 32:15; 38:23; 39:28; Dn 4:17, 32, 37; 5:21, 23; Rv 8:8; 16:3.
[18] Ex 7:21, 24; Nu 11:20; 21:5.

The river is turned into blood.

19 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and [that] there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in [vessels of] wood, and in [vessels of] stone. 20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that [were] in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that [were] in the river were turned to blood. 21 And the fish that [was] in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. 22 And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said. 23 And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also. 24 And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river. 25 And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.

[19] Gn 1:10; Ex 8:5, 16; 9:22, 33; 10:12, 21; 14:21, 26.
[20] Ex 7:17; 17:5, 9; Nu 20:8; Ps 78:44; 105:29; Jn 2:9; Rv 8:8.
[21] Ex 7:18; Rv 8:9.
[22] Ex 7:3, 11, 13; 8:7; Jr 27:18; 2Ti 3:8.
[23] Ex 9:21; Dt 32:46; 1S 4:20; Jb 7:17; Ps 62:10; Pv 22:17; 24:32; 29:1; Is 26:11; Jr 5:3; 36:24; Ezk 40:4; Am 4:7; Hab 1:5; Mal 2:2.
[24] Ex 7:18.
[25] Ex 8:9; 10:23; 2S 24:13.


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