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Exodus 8 / Basic English

1. And this is what the Lord said to Moses: Go to Pharaoh and say to him, The Lord says, Let my people go so that they may give me worship.
2. And if you will not let them go, see, I will send frogs into every part of your land:
3. The Nile will be full of frogs, and they will come up into your house and into your bedrooms and on your bed, and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and into your bread-basins.
4. The frogs will come up over you and your people and all your servants.
5. And the Lord said to Moses, Say to Aaron, Let the rod in your hand be stretched out over the streams and the waterways and the pools, causing frogs to come up on the land of Egypt.
6. And when Aaron put out his hand over the waters of Egypt, the frogs came up and all the land of Egypt was covered with them.
7. And the wonder-workers did the same with their secret arts, making frogs come up over the land of Egypt.
8. Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and said, Make prayer to the Lord that he will take away these frogs from me and my people; and I will let the people go and make their offering to the Lord.
9. And Moses said, I will let you have the honour of saying when I am to make prayer for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs may be sent away from you and your houses, and be only in the Nile.
10. And he said, By tomorrow. And he said, Let it be as you say: so that you may see that there is no other like the Lord our God.
11. And the frogs will be gone from you and from your houses and from your servants and from your people and will be only in the Nile.
12. Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh; and Moses made prayer to the Lord about the frogs which he had sent on Pharaoh.
13. And the Lord did as Moses said; and there was an end of all the frogs in the houses and in the open spaces and in the fields.
14. And they put them together in masses, and a bad smell went up from the land.
15. But when Pharaoh saw that there was peace for a time, he made his heart hard and did not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.
16. And the Lord said to Moses, Say to Aaron, Let your rod be stretched out over the dust of the earth so that it may become insects through all the land of Egypt.
17. And they did so; and Aaron, stretching out the rod in his hand, gave a touch to the dust of the earth, and insects came on man and on beast; all the dust of the earth was changed into insects through all the land of Egypt.
18. And the wonder-workers with their secret arts, attempting to make insects, were unable to do so: and there were insects on man and on beast.
19. Then the wonder-workers said to Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: but Pharaoh's heart was hard, and he did not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.
20. And the Lord said to Moses, Get up early in the morning and take your place before Pharaoh when he comes out to the water; and say to him, This is what the Lord says: Let my people go to give me worship.
21. For if you do not let my people go, see, I will send clouds of flies on you and on your servants and on your people and into their houses; and the houses of the Egyptians and the land where they are will be full of flies.
22. And at that time I will make a division between your land and the land of Goshen where my people are, and no flies will be there; so that you may see that I am the Lord over all the earth.
23. And I will put a division between my people and your people; tomorrow this sign will be seen.
24. And the Lord did so; and great clouds of flies came into the house of Pharaoh and into his servants' houses, and all the land of Egypt was made waste because of the flies.
25. And Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and said, Go and make your offering to your God here in the land.
26. And Moses said, It is not right to do so; for we make our offerings of that to which the Egyptians give worship; and if we do so before their eyes, certainly we will be stoned.
27. But we will go three days' journey into the waste land and make an offering to the Lord our God as he may give us orders.
28. Then Pharaoh said, I will let you go to make an offering to the Lord your God in the waste land; but do not go very far away, and make prayer for me.
29. And Moses said, When I go out from you I will make prayer to the Lord that the cloud of flies may go away from Pharaoh and from his people and from his servants tomorrow: only let Pharaoh no longer by deceit keep back the people from making their offering to the Lord.
30. Then Moses went out from Pharaoh and made prayer to the Lord.
31. And the Lord did as Moses said, and took away the cloud of flies from Pharaoh and from his servants and from his people; not one was to be seen.
32. But again Pharaoh made his heart hard and did not let the people go.
Exodus 9 / Basic English

1. Then the Lord said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go so that they may give me worship.
2. For if you will not let them go, but still keep them in your power,
3. Then the hand of the Lord will put on your cattle in the field, on the horses and the asses and the camels, on the herds and the flocks, a very evil disease.
4. And the Lord will make a division between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt; there will be no loss of any of the cattle of Israel.
5. And the time was fixed by the Lord, and he said, Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.
6. And on the day after, the Lord did as he had said, causing the death of all the cattle of Egypt, but there was no loss of any of the cattle of Israel.
7. And Pharaoh sent and got word that there was no loss of any of the cattle of Israel. But the heart of Pharaoh was hard and he did not let the people go.
8. And the Lord said to Moses and to Aaron, Take in your hand a little dust from the fire and let Moses send it in a shower up to heaven before the eyes of Pharaoh.
9. And it will become small dust over all the land of Egypt, and will be a skin-disease bursting out in wounds on man and beast through all the land of Egypt.
10. So they took some dust from the fire, and placing themselves before Pharaoh, Moses sent it out in a shower up to heaven; and it became a skin-disease bursting out on man and on beast.
11. And the wonder-workers were not able to take their places before Moses, because of the disease; for the disease was on the wonder-workers and on all the Egyptians.
12. And the Lord made Pharaoh's heart hard, and he would not give ear to them, as the Lord had said.
13. And the Lord said to Moses, Get up early in the morning and take your place before Pharaoh, and say to him, This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go so that they may give me worship.
14. For this time I will send all my punishments on yourself and on your servants and on your people; so that you may see that there is no other like me in all the earth.
15. For if I had put the full weight of my hand on you and your people, you would have been cut off from the earth:
16. But, for this very reason, I have kept you from destruction, to make clear to you my power, and so that my name may be honoured through all the earth.
17. Are you still uplifted in pride against my people so that you will not let them go?
18. Truly, tomorrow about this time I will send down an ice-storm, such as never was in Egypt from its earliest days till now.
19. Then send quickly and get in your cattle and all you have from the fields; for if any man or beast in the field has not been put under cover, the ice-storm will come down on them with destruction.
20. Then everyone among the servants of Pharaoh who had the fear of the Lord, made his servants and his cattle come quickly into the house:
21. And he who gave no attention to the word of the Lord, kept his servants and his cattle in the field.
22. And the Lord said to Moses, Now let your hand be stretched out to heaven so that there may be an ice-storm on all the land of Egypt, on man and on beast and on every plant of the field through all the land of Egypt.
23. And Moses put out his rod to heaven: and the Lord sent thunder, and an ice-storm, and fire running down on the earth; the Lord sent an ice-storm on the land of Egypt.
24. So there was an ice-storm with fire running through it, coming down with great force, such as never was in all the land of Egypt from the time when it became a nation.
25. And through all the land of Egypt the ice-storm came down on everything which was in the fields, on man and on beast; and every green plant was crushed and every tree of the field broken.
26. Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, there was no ice-storm.
27. Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, I have done evil this time: the Lord is upright, and I and my people are sinners.
28. Make prayer to the Lord; for there has been enough of these thunderings of God and this ice-storm; and I will let you go and will keep you no longer.
29. And Moses said, When I am gone outside the town, my hands will be stretched out to the Lord; the thunders and the ice-storm will come to an end, so that you may see that the earth is the Lord's.
30. But as for you and your servants, I am certain that even now the fear of the Lord God will not be in your hearts.
31. And the flax and the barley were damaged, for the barley was almost ready to be cut and the flax was in flower.
32. But the rest of the grain-plants were undamaged, for they had not come up.
33. So Moses went out of the town, and stretching out his hands made prayer to God: and the thunders and the ice-storm came to an end; and the fall of rain was stopped.
34. But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the ice-storm and the thunders were ended, he went on sinning, and made his heart hard, he and his servants.
35. And the heart of Pharaoh was hard, and he did not let the people go, as the Lord had said by the mouth of Moses.
Psalms 10 / Basic English

1. Why do you keep far away, O Lord? why are you not to be seen in times of trouble?
2. The evil-doer in his pride is cruel to the poor; let him be taken by the tricks of his invention.
3. For the evil-doer is lifted up because of the purpose of his heart, and he whose mind is fixed on wealth is turned away from the Lord, saying evil against him.
4. The evil-doer in his pride says, God will not make a search. All his thoughts are, There is no God.
5. His ways are ever fixed; your decisions are higher than he may see: as for his haters, they are as nothing to him.
6. He has said in his heart, I will not be moved: through all generations I will never be in trouble.
7. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and false words: under his tongue are evil purposes and dark thoughts.
8. He is waiting in the dark places of the towns: in the secret places he puts to death those who have done no wrong: his eyes are secretly turned against the poor.
9. He keeps himself in a secret place like a lion in his hole, waiting to put his hands on the poor man, and pulling him into his net.
10. The upright are crushed and made low, and the feeble are overcome by his strong ones.
11. He says in his heart, God has no memory of me: his face is turned away; he will never see it.
12. Up! O Lord; let your hand be lifted: give thought to the poor.
13. Why has the evil-doer a low opinion of God, saying in his heart, You will not make search for it?
14. You have seen it; for your eyes are on sorrow and grief, to take it into your hand: the poor man puts his faith in you; you have been the helper of the child who has no father.
15. Let the arm of the sinner and the evil-doer be broken; go on searching for his sin till there is no more.
16. The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations are gone from his land.
17. Lord, you have given ear to the prayer of the poor: you will make strong their hearts, you will give them a hearing:
18. To give decision for the child without a father and for the broken-hearted, so that the man of the earth may no longer be feared.