The Ninth Plague: Darkness
Then the LORD said to Moses, z "Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt."
So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt b three days.
They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. c But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
Then Pharaoh called to Moses and d said, "Go, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be kept back. Let your e little ones also go with you."
But Moses said, "You must also give us sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.
"Our f livestock also shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind. For we must take some of them to serve the LORD our God, and even we do not know with what we must serve the LORD until we arrive there."
But the LORD g hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go.
Then Pharaoh said to him, h "Get away from me! Take heed to yourself and see my face no more! For in the day you see my face you shall die!"
So Moses said, "You have spoken well. i I will never see your face again."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt - on man, on beast, and on every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.
He sent darkness, and made it dark; And they did not rebel against His word.
Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain.
"Then they will heed your voice; and you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt; and you shall say to him, 'The LORD God of the Hebrews has met with us; and now, please, let us go three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.'
And in that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there, in order that you may know that I am the LORD in the midst of the land.
"I will make a difference between My people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall be." '"
Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, "Entreat the LORD that He may take away the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD.
Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, "Go, sacrifice to your God in the land.
So Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh, and he said to them, "Go, serve the LORD your God. Who are the ones that are going?
Then he said to them, "The LORD had better be with you when I let you and your little ones go! Beware, for evil is ahead of you.
And Moses said, "We will go with our young and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we will go, for we must hold a feast to the LORD.
And the LORD said to Moses, "When you go back to Egypt, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.
Now the LORD said to Moses, "Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him.
But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go.
Then I will harden Pharaoh's heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD." And they did so.
And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness.
Not so! Go now, you who are men, and serve the LORD, for that is what you desired." And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence.
And all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, 'Get out, and all the people who follow you!' After that I will go out." Then he went out from Pharaoh in great anger.
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.