1 So the LORD said to Moses: "See, I have made you a as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be b your prophet. 2 "You c shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall tell Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land. 3 "And d I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and e multiply My f signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. 4 "But g Pharaoh will not heed you, so h that I may lay My hand on Egypt and bring My 1 armies and My people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt i by great judgments. 5 "And the Egyptians j shall know that I am the LORD, when I k stretch out My hand on Egypt and l bring out the children of Israel from among them." 6 Then Moses and Aaron m did so; just as the LORD commanded them, so they did. 7 And Moses was n eighty years old and o Aaron eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh.
8 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 9 "When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, p 'Show a miracle for yourselves,' then you shall say to Aaron, q 'Take your rod and cast it before Pharaoh, and let it become a serpent.' " 10 So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and they did so, just r as the LORD commanded. And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it s became a serpent. 11 But Pharaoh also t called the wise men and u the 2 sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also v did in like manner with their 3 enchantments. 12 For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods. 13 And Pharaoh's heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, as the LORD had said.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.