1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, Say to Aaron: Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, canals and ponds of Egypt 2 and cause frogs to cover all the country of Egypt. 3 The magicians of Egypt did the same by means of their secret formulas, and they brought frogs over the land of Egypt!
4 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, Ask Yahweh to remove the frogs from me and my people and I will send your people to sacrifice to Yahweh. 5 But Moses replied, Let me know, please, when I am to make the petition for you, your officials and your people that you may be rid of frogs except in the Nile. 6 Pharaoh answered, Tomorrow
8 Then Moses called on Yahweh concerning the frogs that he had inflicted on Pharaoh. 9 Yahweh did as Moses had promised Pharaoh and the frogs died in the houses, the farms and the fields. 10 The people piled them in heaps and the land was filled with a foul smell. 11 Now that relief had come, Pharaoh became even more stubborn and would not listen, just as Yahweh had foretold.
The third plague: the mosquitoes
12 Yahweh said to Moses, Tell Aaron to strike the dust of the earth with his staff and turn it into mosquitoes throughout the land. 13 Aaron did this
The fourth plague: the horseflies
16 Yahweh said to Moses, Rise early in the morning and go to Pharaoh, when he is on his way to the river. Say to him: This is Yahwehs message: Let my people go and worship me. 17 If you refuse to let them go, I will send horseflies on you, on your officials and on your people and your houses. The houses of the Egyp tians will be filled with horseflies and even the ground on which they are built. 18 But on that day I will spare the land of Goshen where my people are. No horseflies will be there and by this you may know that I, Yahweh, am in the land. 19 I will make a distinction between my people and your peo ple. By tomorrow this will have happened.
20 Yahweh did this and dense swarms of horseflies invaded Pharaohs house and the houses of all his people and devastated the whole country.
21 Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, Go and sacrifice to your God in this country. 22 But Moses replied, That would not be right. We offer to our God animals which are sacred for the Egyptians. If we were to offer in their presence a sacrifice which offends the Egyptians, wouldnt they stone us? 23 We must make a three-day journey into the desert and there we will sacrifice to Yah weh, our God, as he commands.
24 Pharaoh replied, I will let you go and sacrifice to your God in the desert, but on condition that you do not go far. And pray to God for me!
25 Moses said, I am leaving you and I will pray to Yahweh for you, and tomorrow the horseflies will leave you, your officials and your people, but do not continue to deceive us by refusing to let the people go to the desert. 26 Moses left Pha raohs house and prayed to Yahweh 27 who did as Moses had asked, and delivered Pharaoh, his officers and people from the horseflies. Not one horsefly was left.
28 But Pharaoh was relentless and refused to let the people go.