Parsha vaEira Aliyah 4

Sh’mot (Exodus) 7:8—8:6

8HaShem said to Moshe and Aharon, saying, 9“When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Provide a wonder for yourselves,’ you shall say to Aharon, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh—it will become a snake!’ ”

10Moshe came with Aharon to Pharaoh and they did so, as HaShem had commanded; Aharon cast down the staff before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a snake. 11Pharaoh, too, summoned his wise men and sorcerers, and they too—the necromancers of Mitzrayim—did so with their incantations. 12Each one cast down his staff and they became snakes; and the staff of Aharon swallowed their staffs. 13The heart of Pharaoh was strong and he did not heed them, as HaShem had spoken.

14HaShem said to Moshe, “Pharaoh’s heart is stubborn; he refuses to sent the people. 15Go to Pharaoh in the morning—behold! he goes out to the water—and you shall stand opposite him at the River’s bank, and the staff that was turned into a snake you shall take in your hand. 16You shall say to him, ‘HaShem, the G-d of the Hebrews, has sent me to you, saying, ’Send out My people that they may serve Me in the Wilderness—but behold, you have not heeded up to now.’ 17So says HaShem, ‘Through this shall you know that I am HaShem; behold, with the staff that is in my hand I shall strike the waters that are in the River, and they shall change to blood. 18The fish-life that is in the water shall die and the River shall become foul. Mitzrayim will grow weary of trying to drink water from the River.’ ”

19HaShem said to Moshe, “Say to Aharon, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Mitzrayim; over their rivers, over their canals, over their reservoirs, and over their gatherings of water, and they shall become blood; there shall be blood throughout the land of Mitzrayim, even in the wooden and stone vessels.’ ”

20Moshe and Aharon did so, as HaShem had commanded. He held the stall aloft and struck the water that was in the River in the presence of Pharaoh and in the presence of his servants, and all the water that was in the River changed to blood. 21The fish-life that was in the River died and the River became foul; Mitzrayim could not drink the water from the River, and the blood was throughout the land of Mitzrayim. 22The necromancers of Mitzrayim did the same by means of their incantations; so Pharaoh’s heart was strong and he did not heed them, as HaShem had spoken. 23Pharaoh turned away and came to his palace. He did not take this to heart either. 24All of the Mitzrayim’s dug roundabout the River for water to drink, for they could not drink from the waters of the River. 25Seven days were completed after HaShem struck the River.

26HaShem said to Moshe, “Come to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘So said HaShem: Send out My people that they may serve Me. 27But if you refuse to send out, behold, I shall strike your entire boundary with frogs. 28The River shall swarm with frogs, and they shall ascend and come into your palace and your bedroom and our bed, and into the house of you servants and of your people, and into your ovens and into your kneading bowls. 29And into you and your people and all your servants will the frogs ascend.’ ”

Chapter 8
1HaShem said to Moshe, “Say to Aharon, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals, and over the reservoirs, and raise up the frogs over the land of Mitzrayim.’ ” 2Aharon stretched out his hand over the waters of Mitzrayim, and the frogs-infestation ascended and covered the land of Mitzrayim. 3The necromancers did the same through their incantations, and they brought up the frogs upon the land of Mitzrayim.

4Pharaoh summoned Moshe and Aharon and said, “Entreat HaShem that He remove the frogs from me and my people, and I shall send out the people that they may bring offerings to HaShem.”

5Moshe said to Pharaoh, “Glorify yourself over me—for when should I entreat you, for your servants, and your people, to excise the frogs from you and your houses? Only in the River shall they remain.” 6And he said, “For tomorrow.” He said, “As you say—so that you will know that there is none like HaShem, our G-d.

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