Locusts and Darkness
Plagues 8 and 9
The Lord (to Moses): Go in to Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might show my signs before him: And that you may tell in the ears of your son, and of your son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that you may know how that I am the Lord.
Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh as the Lord told them.
Moses and Aaron (to Pharaoh): The Lord God of the Hebrews says this, How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me. If you refuse to let my people go, tomorrow I will bring the locusts into your coast: And they will cover the face of the earth, that one will not be able to see the earth: and they will eat the residue of that which remains from the hail, and shall eat every tree which grows out of the field: And they will fill your houses, and the houses of all your servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither your fathers, nor your fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were on the earth till this day.
Moses turned around and left Pharaoh.
Pharaoh’s servants (to Pharaoh): How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go and serve the Lord their God. Don’t you know yet that Egypt is destroyed?
Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh.
Pharaoh (to Moses and Aaron): Go, serve the Lord your God. Who shall go?
Moses: We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters. With our flocks and with our herds we will go; for we must hold a feast to the Lord.
Pharaoh: The Lord be with you, if ever I let you and your little ones go! Look, you have some evil purpose in mind. No! Go, the men among you, and serve the Lord, for that is what you are asking. (ESV)
Moses and Aaron were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.
The Lord (to Moses): Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up on the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, all that the hail has left.
Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind on the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.
The locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt. They were very grievous. There were no such locusts as these before, neither after them shall there ever be such as these. For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they ate every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste.
Pharaoh: I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you. Forgive my sin only this once, and entreat the Lord your God, that he may take away from me this death only.
Moses went out from Pharaoh and entreated the Lord.
The Lord turned the wind. A strong west wind took away the locusts and cast them into the Red sea. There remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt.
But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.
The Lord (to Moses): Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.
Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: They did not see one another. No one rose from his place for three days.
But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
Pharaoh called for Moses.
Pharaoh: Go serve the Lord. Let your little ones go with you also. But let your flocks and your herds stay.
Moses: You must let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. Our cattle shall go with us also. Not a hoof shall be left behind, because we must take them to serve the Lord our God. We do not know with what we must serve the Lord, until we get there.
But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go.
Pharaoh: Get from me. Take heed that you see my face no more, because in that day you see my face you shall die.
Moses: You have spoken well. I will not see your face again.