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sons, Aaron and Moses. (Amram
lived to be 137 years old.)
21 The sons of Izhar were Korah,
Nepheg, and Zicri.
22 The sons of Uzziel were Mishael,
Elzaphan, and Sithri.
23Aaron married Elisheba, the daughter
of Amminadab and sister of
Nahshon, and she gave birth to his
sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and
24 The sons of Korah were Assir,
Elkanah, and Abiasaph. Their
descendants became the clans of
25 Eleazar son of Aaron married one of
the daughters of Putiel, and she gave
birth to his son, Phinehas.
These are the ancestors of the Levite
families, listed according to their clans.
26The Aaron and Moses named in this
list are the same ones to whom the Lord
said, “Lead the people of Israel out of
the land of Egypt like an army.” 27It was
Moses and Aaron who spoke to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, about leading
the people of Israel out of Egypt.
28 When the Lord spoke to Moses in
the land of Egypt, 29he said to him, “I am
the Lord! Tell Pharaoh, the king of Egypt,
everything I am telling you.” 30But Moses
argued with the Lord, saying, “I can’t do
it! I’m such a clumsy speaker! Why
should Pharaoh listen to me?”
the Lord said to Moses, “Pay
close attention to this. I will make you
seem like God to Pharaoh, and your
brother, Aaron, will be your prophet.
2 Tell Aaron everything I command you,
and Aaron must command Pharaoh to
let the people of Israel leave his country.
3 But I will make Pharaoh’s heart stubborn so I can multiply my miraculous
signs and wonders in the land of Egypt.
4 Even then Pharaoh will refuse to listen
to you. So I will bring down my fist on
Egypt. Then I will rescue my forces—my
people, the Israelites—from the land of
Egypt with great acts of judgment.
5 When I raise my powerful hand and
bring out the Israelites, the Egyptians
will know that I am the Lord.”
6 So Moses and Aaron did just as the
Lord had commanded them. 7 Moses
was eighty years old, and Aaron was
eighty-three when they made their demands to Pharaoh.
8 Then the Lord said to Moses and
Aaron, 9“Pharaoh will demand, ‘Show
me a miracle.’ When he does this, say
to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it
down in front of Pharaoh, and it will
become a serpent.*’”
10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did what the Lord had commanded them. Aaron threw down his
staff before Pharaoh and his officials,
and it became a serpent! 11Then Pharaoh called in his own wise men and
sorcerers, and these Egyptian magicians did the same thing with their
magic. 12They threw down their staffs,
which also became serpents! But then
Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs.
13 Pharaoh’s heart, however, remained
hard. He still refused to listen, just as the
Lord had predicted.
14Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is stubborn,* and he still refuses to let the people go. 15So go to
Pharaoh in the morning as he goes
down to the river. Stand on the bank of
the Nile and meet him there. Be sure to
take along the staff that turned into a
snake. 16Then announce to him, ‘The
Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent
me to tell you, “Let my people go, so they
can worship me in the wilderness.” Until now, you have refused to listen to
him. 17So this is what the Lord says: “I
will show you that I am the Lord.” Look!
I will strike the water of the Nile with
this staff in my hand, and the river will
turn to blood. 18The fish in it will die,
and the river will stink. The Egyptians
will not be able to drink any water from
19 Then the Lord said to Moses: “Tell
Aaron, ‘Take your staff and raise your
hand over the waters of Egypt—all its
rivers, canals, ponds, and all the reservoirs. Turn all the water to blood.