- And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh; and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.
And the Lord said unto Moses, I have made you a god to pharaoh. You are exalted than pharaoh, and Aaron your brother is like a prophet. (A prophet says the words of his god as his god wants it. He is a mouthpiece) it’s basically the same with when he said Aaron shall be your mouth, but you shall be his god.
- 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
You’ll speak all that o tell you to speak…while Aaron will speak untoward oh, that he may send the children of Israel out of his land.
- And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.
And I will harden pharaoh’s heart, that I may multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt.
- 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.
But pharaoh will not listen to you, so that I can lay my hand on Egypt. And bring forth my armies, and the children of Israel from Egypt, with my great judgements.
- 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.
By the time I stretch forth my hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel, the Egyptians will know that….I AM the Lord.
- And Moses and Aaron did as the Lord commanded them, so did they.
Moses and Aaron obeyed.
- And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.
At this time, Moses was 80 and Aaron was 83.
- And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
- When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Show a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.
The Lord said to Moses. When pharaoh speaks to you and asks you to show a miracle, you will tell Aaron to throw down his rod and it will become a serpent (Aaron even did the miracles, making him look more like he was the one whom God met).
- 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.
Moses and Aaron obeyed, and Aaron cast down his rod, and it became a serpent.
- Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
Pharaoh called the magicians of Egypt (formerly called the wise men and sorcerers) and they did something very similar, with their ‘magic’.
- For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.
All of them threw down their rods and they became serpents. We don’t know how many they were, but Aaron’s rod (now serpent) swallowed up their rods (now serpent).
- And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.
And pharaoh’s heart was hardened. And he did not listen to them.
- And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go.
And the Lord said…pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he has refused to let the people go.
- 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.
Go to pharaoh in the morning, at the time where he comes out into the river, stand by the river brink, opposite him, and take your serpent (now a rod again)
- 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.
And tell him…the lord God of the Hebrews sent you to him, that he may let the children of Israel go, so they will serve the Lord, but he-pharaoh would not listen.
- 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.
The Lord has said….you will know, that I am the Lord. (At this point, God himself was speaking directly through one of them). And He said…I will -with the rod that is in my hand- hit the water, and the river will turn to blood.
- And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink of the water of the river.
The fish in the river will die, the water will smell and the people would not want to drink from the river.
- 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.
And the Lord told Moses to tell Aaron (as Aaron did not speak with God directly). Take your rod, stretch your hand upon all the waters of Egypt, that they may become blood and that there might be blood in all the land of Egypt.
- 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.
And they obeyed, and when it was done, and Aaron used the rod to hit the waters, they did turn to blood.
- 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.
The fish of the river died, the water began to smell, the Egyptians could not drink of it, and there was blood all round Egypt.
- 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.
And the magicians of Egypt did the same thing with their magic
(Many things may seem like GOD, but they aren’t. The magicians were able to replicate the things that God did so far and it is one of the reasons why pharaoh could not be convinced) and pharaohs heart was hardened the more. And he didn’t listen.
- And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also.
And pharaoh went home.
- And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.
And the Egyptians dug, in a place close to the river, so that fresh water would come out, as they would not drink from the blood.
- And seven days were fulfilled, after that the Lord had smitten the river.
Seven days passed after the Lord struck the Nile.