pilgrimage, where they lived as foreigners. I have also heard the groaning of the Israelites,
whom the Egyptians are holding as slaves, and I have remembered My covenant.
Therefore say to the Israelites in My name, I am HaShem. I will take you away from your forced labor in
Egypt and free you from their slavery. I will liberate you with a demonstration of My power, and with great
acts of judgment. I will take you to Myself as a nation, and I will
be to you as a G-d. You will know that I am HaShem, the One who is bringing you out from under the
Egyptian subjugation. I will bring you to the land regarding which I
raised My hand, swearing that I would give it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I will give it to you as an
inheritance. I am HaShem."
Moses related this to the Israelites, but because
of their disappointment and hard work, they would no longer listen to him.
HaShem spoke to Moses, saying, "Go, speak to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he will
let the Israelites leave his land."
Moses spoke, interrupting the revelation.
"Even the Israelites will not listen to me," he said.
"How can I expect Pharaoh to listen to me? I have no self-confidence when I
HaShem then spoke to both Moses and Aaron. He gave them instructions regarding the Israelites and
Pharaoh, king of Egypt, so they would be able to get the Israelites out of Egypt.
These are the heads of their extended families:
The sons of Israel's first-born, Reuben: Enoch (Chanokh), Pallu, Chetzron and Carmi. These are the
families of Reuben.
The sons of Simeon: Yemuel, Yamin, Ohad, Yakhin
and Tzochar, as well as Saul, son of the Canaanite woman. These are the families of Simeon.
According to their family records, these are the
names of Levi's sons: Gershon, Kehoth and Merari. Levi lived to be 137 years old.
The families descending from Gershon: Livni and Shimi.
The sons of Kehoth: Amram, Yitzhar, Hebron
(Chevron), and Uzziel. Kehoth lived to be 133 years old.
The sons of Merari: Machli and Mushi.
According to their family records, the above are the
families of Levi.
Amram married his aunt Yokhebed, and she bore him
Aaron and Moses. Amram lived to be 137 years old. The sons of Yitzhar: Korach, Nefeg and
Zikhri. The sons of Uzziel: Mishael, Eltzafan and Sithri. Aaron married Nachshon's sister, Elisheva
daughter of Aminadav. She bore him Nadav, Avihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
6:24 The sons of Korach: Assir, Elkana and Aviasaf. These are the families of the
Aaron's son, Eleazar, married one of the
daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Pinchas. The above are the heads of the Levite clans according
to their families.
is the lineage of Moses and Aaron, to whom HaShem said, "Bring the Israelites out of Egypt en
masse." They are the ones who spoke to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, in order to get the Israelites out of Egypt. It
involved both Moses and Aaron. Still, on that day in Egypt,
HaShem spoke only to Moses.
spoke to Moses and said, "I am HaShem. Relate to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, all that I am saying to
Interrupting the revelation, Moses said,
"I do not have the self-confidence to speak. How will Pharaoh ever pay attention to
HaShem said to Moses, "Observe! I will be making you like a god to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be
your prophet. You must announce all that I order you to, and your brother Aaron will relate it to Pharaoh. He will
then let the Israelites leave his land. I will make Pharaoh obstinate, and will thus have
the opportunity to display many miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt.
This is why Pharaoh will not pay attention to you. But then I will display My power against Egypt, and
with great acts of judgment, I will bring forth from Egypt My armies - My people, the Israelites.
When I display My power and bring the Israelites out from among them, Egypt will know that I am
Moses and Aaron did this. They did exactly as
HaShem had instructed them. When they spoke to Pharaoh, Moses was 80 years
old, and Aaron was 83 years old.
The Staff Becomes a Serpent
said to Moses and Aaron, "When Pharaoh speaks to you, he will tell you to
prove yourself with a miraculous sign. You, Moses, must then tell
Aaron to take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh. Let it become a
Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh. They did exactly
as HaShem had said. Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh, and it became a viper.
Pharaoh summoned his scholars and magicians. The
master symbolists were able to do the same thing with their magic tricks.
When each one threw down his staff, the staffs all turned into vipers.
Aaron's staff then swallowed up their staffs. But Pharaoh remained obstinate and did not pay
attention to them, just as HaShem had predicted.
Warnings for the First Plague
said to Moses, "Pharaoh is obstinate and he refuses to let the people leave.
Pay a call on Pharaoh in the morning, when he
goes out to the water. Stand where you will meet him on the bank of the Nile. Take in your hand the staff
that was transformed into a snake. Say to him: HaShem, Lord of the Hebrews, has sent
me to you with the message, Let My people leave, and let them worship Me in the
desert. So far, you have not paid attention. HaShem now says,
Through this you will know that I am HaShem. I will strike the water of the Nile with
the staff in my hand, and the water will turn into blood. The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will
become putrid. The Egyptians will have to stop drinking water from the Nile.'
Blood: The First Plague
said to Moses, "Tell Aaron to take his staff and extend his hand over the waters of Egypt - over
their rivers, their canals, their reservoirs, and every place where water is kept - and
the water shall turn into blood. There will be blood throughout all Egypt, even in wooden
barrels and stone jars."
Moses and Aaron did exactly as
HaShem had instructed. Aaron held the staff up, and then struck the Nile's water in the presence of Pharaoh and his
officials. The Nile's water was transformed into blood. The fish in the Nile died, and the river became
so polluted that the Egyptians were no longer able to drink the Nile's water. There was blood everywhere in
Egypt. However, when the master symbolists of Egypt were able to produce the same effect with their hidden
arts, Pharaoh became obstinate. He would not pay attention to
Moses and Aaron, just as HaShem had predicted. Pharaoh turned his back to them and went to his
palace. Even to this miracle, he would not pay attention.
The Egyptians dug around the Nile for drinking
water, since they could not drink any water from the river. After
HaShem struck the Nile, it remained that way for seven full days.
Frogs: The Second Plague
said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh and say to him in My name,
Let My people leave so they can serve Me. If you refuse to let them leave, I will strike
all your territories with frogs. The Nile will swarm with frogs, and when they
emerge, they will be in your palace, in your bedroom, and even in your bed.
They will also be in the homes of your officials and people, even in your ovens
and kneading bowls.
When the frogs emerge, they will be all over you, your people, and your
HaShem said to Moses, "Tell Aaron to point the staff in his hand at the rivers, canals and reservoirs, and
he will make frogs emerge upon Egypt."
Aaron held his hand out over the waters of Egypt,
and the frogs emerged, covering Egypt. The master symbolists were able to produce the
same effect with their hidden arts, making frogs
emerge on Egyptian land.
Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron, and said,
"Pray to HaShem! Let Him get the frogs away from me and my
people. I will let the people leave and sacrifice to HaShem."
"Try and test
me," replied Moses. "Exactly when shall I pray for you, your officials and your people?
The frogs will immediately depart from you and your homes, remaining only in the
"As you say," replied Moses. "You will then know
that there is none like HaShem. The frogs will depart from you, as well as from
your houses, your officials and your people. They will remain only in the
Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh, and Moses cried out
to HaShem concerning the frogs that He had brought upon Pharaoh.
HaShem did just as Moses said, and the frogs in the houses, courtyards and fields died.
Egyptians gathered them into great heaps, and the land stank.
When Pharaoh saw that there had been a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them,
just as HaShem had predicted.
Lice: The Third Plague
said to Moses, "Tell Aaron to hold out his staff and strike the dust of the earth. It will turn
into lice all over Egypt."
They did this. Aaron held out his hand with his
staff, and struck the dust of the earth. The lice appeared, attacking man and beast. Throughout all
Egypt, the dust had turned into lice. The master symbolists tried to produce lice with
their hidden arts, but they could not. Meanwhile, the lice were attacking man and beast alike.
"It is the finger of G-d," said the master symbolists to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh remained obstinate
and would not listen, just as HaShem had predicted.
Harmful Creatures: The Fourth Plague
said to Moses, "Get up early in the morning, and confront Pharaoh when he goes out to the water.
Say to him in My name, Let My people leave and serve Me. If you do not let My people leave, I will send
swarms of harmful creatures to attack you, your officials, your people, and your homes. The houses of
Egypt, and even the ground upon which they stand, will be filled with these creatures.
On that day, I will miraculously set apart the Goshen area, where My people remain, so that there
will not be any harmful creatures there. You will then realize that I am
HaShem, right here on earth.
I will therefore make a distinction between My people and your people. This miraculous sign will take
did this, and huge throngs of creatures attacked the palaces of Pharaoh and his officials.
Throughout all Egypt, the land was devastated by the creatures.
Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron.
"Go!" he said. "You have permission to sacrifice to your
G-d here in our land."
"That would hardly be
suitable," replied Moses. "What we will sacrifice to
HaShem is sacred to the Egyptians. Could we sacrifice the sacred
animal of the Egyptians before their very eyes and not have them stone us?
What we must do is make a three day journey into the desert. There we will be able to sacrifice to
HaShem, just as He told us."
"I will let you
leave," said Pharaoh, "as long as you do not go too far away. You can sacrifice to
HaShem in the desert. But pray for me!"
"When I leave your presence, I will pray to HaShem. Tomorrow, the creatures will go away
from Pharaoh, his servants, and his people. But let Pharaoh never again deceive us, refusing to let the
people sacrifice to HaShem."
Moses left Pharaoh's presence and prayed to
HaShem. Doing as Moses requested, God caused the creatures to leave Pharaoh, his servants and his
people. Not a single one remained. But this time again, Pharaoh made himself
obstinate, and he would not let the people leave.
Murrain: The Fifth Plague
told Moses to go to Pharaoh, and in the name of HaShem, Lord of the Hebrews, say to him,
Let My people leave and serve Me.
For if you refuse to let them leave, and continue holding them,
HaShem's power will be directed against your livestock in the field. The horses, donkeys, camels,
cattle and sheep will die from a very serious epidemic. I will
again make a miraculous distinction,
this time between Israel's livestock and that of Egypt. Not a single
animal belonging to the Israelites will die. HaShem has set a fixed time, and has announced that
He will strike the land with this tomorrow.
On the next day,
HaShem did this, and all the livestock in Egypt died. Of the Israelites' livestock,
however, not a single one was affected.
Pharaoh sent word and discovered that among the
Israelites' livestock, not a single animal had died. But Pharaoh remained obstinate and would not let the
Boils: The Sixth Plague
God said to Moses and Aaron,
"Take a handful of furnace soot and throw it up in the air before
Pharaoh's eyes. It will settle as dust on all Egypt, and when it
falls on man or beast anywhere in Egypt, it will cause a rash breaking out into
They took the furnace soot and stood before
Pharaoh. Moses threw it up in the air, and it caused a rash, which broke into boils, in man and beasts.
The master symbolists could not stand before Moses as a result of the rash, since the rash had
attacked the symbolists along with the rest of Egypt.
was HaShem who made Pharaoh obstinate. He did not listen to Moses and
Aaron, just as HaShem had predicted.
told Moses to get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh, saying to him:
" In the name of HaShem, Let My people leave and serve Me.
This time, I am prepared to send all My catastrophes against your very heart.
They will strike your officials and your people, so that you will know that there is none like Me in all the world.
I could have unleashed My power, killing you and your people with the epidemic
sent against the animals, and you would have been obliterated from the
world. The only reason I let you survive was to show you My strength, so that My name will be discussed all
over the world. But now you are still lording it over My people, refusing to let them leave.
At this time tomorrow, I will bring a very heavy hail. Never before in Egypt, since the day it was
founded, has there been anything like it. Now send word and make arrangements to shelter
your livestock and everything else you have in the field. Any man or beast who remains in the field, and
does not come indoors, will be pelted by the hail and will
Some of Pharaoh's subjects feared
HaShem's word, and they made their slaves and livestock flee indoors.
But those who did not fear HaShem's word left their slaves and livestock in the field.
Hail: The Seventh Plague
said to Moses, "Stretch out your had toward the sky, and there will be hail throughout all Egypt.
It will fall on man and beast, and on all outdoor plants all over Egypt."
Moses pointed his staff at the sky, and
HaShem caused it to thunder and hail, with lightning striking the ground.
HaShem then made it hail on the land of Egypt. There was hail, with lightning flashing among the
hailstones. It was extremely heavy, unlike anything Egypt had experienced since it became a nation.
Throughout all Egypt, the hail killed every man and animal who was outdoors. The hail destroyed all
the outdoor plants, and smashed every tree in the fields.
Only in Goshen, where the Israelites lived, there
was no hail.
Pharaoh sent word and summoned Moses and Aaron.
He said to them, "This time I am guilty! HaShem is Just! It is I and my people who are in the wrong!
Pray to HaShem. There has been enough of this supernatural thunder and hail. I will let you leave.
You will not be delayed again."
Moses said to him,
"When I go out of the city, I will spread my hands in
prayer to HaShem. The thunder will then stop, and there will not be any more hail.
You will then know that the whole world belongs to HaShem. I realize that you and your subjects still do
not fear HaShem. The flax and barley have been destroyed, since the barley was ripe, and the flax had formed stalks.
But the wheat and spelt have not been destroyed, since they are late in
Moses left Pharaoh's presence, and went out of
the city. As soon as he spread his hands out to HaShem the thunder ceased, and the hail and rain stopped
falling to the ground.
But when Pharaoh saw that there was no longer any
rain, hail or thunder, he continued his sinful ways. He and his officials continued to make themselves
obstinate. Pharaoh hardened his heart and did not let the Israelites leave, just as
HaShem had predicted through
Bo Exodus 10:1