In the morning meet Pharaoh when he's on his way to the Nile. Wait for him on the bank of the river. Take along the staff that turned into a snake. 16
Say to him, 'The LORD God of the Hebrews sent me to tell you, "Let my people go to worship me in the desert." So far you have not listened. 17
Here is what the LORD says: This is the way you will recognize that I am the LORD: With this staff in my hand, I'm going to strike the Nile, and the water will turn into blood. 18
The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink. The Egyptians will not be able to drink any water from the Nile.'" 19
The LORD said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt-its rivers, canals, ponds, and all its reservoirs-so that they turn into blood. There will be blood everywhere in Egypt, even in the wooden and stone containers.'"
20Moses and Aaron did as the LORD had commanded. In front of Pharaoh and his officials, Aaron raised his staff and struck the Nile. All the water in the river turned into blood. 21The fish in the Nile died, and it smelled so bad that the Egyptians couldn't drink any water from the river. There was blood everywhere in Egypt. 22But the Egyptian magicians did the same thing using their magic spells. So Pharaoh continued to be stubborn and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, as the LORD had predicted. 23Pharaoh turned and went back to his palace. He dismissed the entire matter from his mind. 24All the Egyptians dug along the Nile for water to drink because they couldn't drink any of the water from the river. 25Seven days passed after the LORD struck the Nile.