Shemot (Exodus): Bo > Ch 10

G-d sends Moses and Aaron to bring out LOCUSTS

  • The Lord said to Moses: Come to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, in order that I may place these signs of Mine in his midst, and in order that you tell into the ears of your son and your son's son how I made a mockery of the Egyptians, and [that you tell of] My signs that I placed in them, and you will know that I am the Lord.
  • Moses and Aaron told Pharaoh that G-d will bring locusts, and they will obscure the view of the earth, and no one will be able to see the earth, and the locusts will eat whatever remained from the hail, including all the trees. And the houses of all the Egyptians will be filled, and his predecessors did not see since the day they were on the earth. Pharaoh’s servants advised him to let the people go. Pharaoh agreed to let only men go, but no women & children and no flocks & cattle.
  • The Lord said to Moses: Stretch forth your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, and they will ascend over the land of Egypt, and they will eat all the vegetation of the earth, all that the hail has left over.
  • Moses stretched forth his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord led an east wind in the land all that day and all the night. By morning, the east wind had borne the locusts. They obscured the view of all the earth, and the earth became darkened, and they ate all the vegetation of the earth throughout the entire land of Egypt.


Pharaoh asks Moses & Aaron to ask G-d to stop the locusts

  • Moses entreated G-d, and G-d reversed the wind and thrust all locusts into the Red Sea. Not one locust remained within all the border[s] of Egypt. But the Lord strengthened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go out.


G-d sends Moses and Aaron to bring out DARKNESS

  • The Lord said to Moses: Stretch forth your hand toward the heavens, and there will be darkness over the land of Egypt, and the darkness will become darker. Moses stretched forth his hand toward the heavens, and there was thick darkness over the entire land of Egypt for three days. They did not see each other, and no one rose from his place for three days, but for all the children of Israel there was light in their dwellings.


Pharaoh asks Moses to ask G-d to stop the darkness

  • Pharaoh told Moses that the people can go, but not the flocks and the cattle. Moses responded that not only the flocks & cattle must go, but Pharaoh must also give sacrifices into their hands, so that they may sacrifice them to G-d.


Pharaoh tells Moses that he will no longer see him. Moses replies that he has spoken correctly.

  • Pharaoh said to him, "Go away from me! Beware! You shall no longer see my face, for on the day that you see my face, you shall die!" [Thereupon,] Moses said, "You have spoken correctly; I shall no longer see your face."


 

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