Bible Text & Cross-references:
The eighth plague of the locusts. The ninth, of darkness:
Pharao is still hardened.
1 And the Lord said to Moses: Go in to Pharao; for I have hardened his
heart, and the heart of his servants: that I may work these my signs in him,
2 And thou mayst tell in the ears of thy sons, and of thy grandsons,
how often I have plagued the Egyptians, and wrought my signs amongst them: and you may know that I am the Lord.
3 Therefore Moses and Aaron went in to Pharao, and said to him: Thus
saith the Lord God of the Hebrews: How long refusest thou to submit to me? let my people go, to sacrifice to me.
4 *But if thou resist, and wilt not let them go, behold I will bring
in to-morrow the locust into thy coasts;
5 To cover the face of the earth, that nothing thereof may appear, but
that which the hail hath left may be eaten: for they shall feed upon all the trees that spring in the fields.
6 And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of thy servants, and
of all the Egyptians: such a number as thy fathers have not seen, nor thy grandfathers, from the time they were first upon
the earth, until this present day. And he turned himself away, and went forth from Pharao.
7 And Pharao's servants said to him: How long shall we endure this scandal?
let the men go to sacrifice to the Lord their God. Dost thou not see that Egypt is undone?
8 And they called back Moses, and Aaron, to Pharao; and he said to them:
Go, sacrifice to the Lord your God: who are they that shall go?
9 Moses said: We will go with our young and old, with our sons and daughters,
with our sheep and herds: for it is the solemnity of the Lord our God.
10 And Pharao answered: So be the Lord with you, as I shall let you and
your children go: who can doubt but that you intend some great evil?
11 It shall not be so: but go ye men only, and sacrifice to the Lord:
for this yourselves also desired. And immediately they were cast out from Pharao's presence.
12 And the Lord said to Moses: Stretch forth thy hand upon the land of
Egypt unto the locust, that it may come upon it, and devour every herb that is left after the hail.
13 And Moses stretched forth his rod upon the land of Egypt: and the
Lord brought a burning wind all that day, and night; and when it was morning, the burning wind raised the locusts.
14 And they came up over the whole land of Egypt; and rested in all the
coasts of the Egyptians innumerable, the like as had not been before that time, nor shall be hereafter.
15 And they covered the whole face of the earth, wasting all things.
And the grass of the earth was devoured, and what fruits soever were on the trees, which the hail had left; and there remained
not any thing that was green on the trees, or in the herbs of the earth, in all Egypt.
16 Wherefore Pharao in haste called Moses and Aaron, and said to them:
I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you.
17 But now forgive me my sin this time also, and pray to the Lord your
God, that he take away from me this death.
18 And Moses going forth from the presence of Pharao, prayed to the Lord:
19 And he made a very strong wind to blow from the west, and it took
the locusts and cast them into the Red Sea: there remained not so much as one in all the coasts of Egypt.
20 And the Lord hardened Pharao's heart, neither did he let the children
of Israel go.
21 And the Lord said to Moses: Stretch out thy hand towards heaven: and
may there be darkness upon the land of Egypt so thick that it may be felt.
22 And Moses stretch forth his hand towards heaven: and there came horrible
darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days.
23 *No man saw his brother, nor moved himself out of the place where
he was: **but wheresoever the children of Israel dwelt, there was light.
24 And Pharao called Moses and Aaron, and said to them: Go, sacrifice
to the Lord: let your sheep only, and herds remain, let your children go with you.
25 Moses said: Thou shalt give us also sacrifices and burnt-offerings,
to the Lord our God.
26 All the flocks shall go with us: there shall not a hoof remain of
them: for they are necessary for the service of the Lord our God: especially as we know not what must be offered, till we
come to the very place.
27 And the Lord hardened Pharao's heart, and he would not let them go.
28 And Pharao said to Moses: Get thee from me, and beware thou see not
my face any more: in what day soever thou shalt come in my sight, thou shalt die.
29 Moses answered: So shall it be as thou hast spoken, I will not see
thy face any more.
4: Wisdom xvi. 9.
23: Wisdom xvii. 2. --- ** Wisdom xviii. 1.