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God told Moses to ask Pharaoh to grant religious leave for the Israelites again, but warned it wouldn't actually happen because he was deliberately hardening Pharaoh's heart so he could fire off all ten of his plagues. Moses winked at God, said, "I gotcha!" and went to see Pharaoh to do another round of the game. But this time Pharaoh broke through the conditioning and said, "Let the LORD be so with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones: look to it; for evil is before you."

This didn't suit God at all. In the wink of an eye Pharaoh revised his order to let only the men go. This gave God the opportunity to fire off the eighth plague, a swarm of locusts that ate every green thing in Egypt. Pharaoh begged Moses to end the plague, which he did. Then Pharaoh canceled the religious leave that he had previously granted. This gave God the opportunity to fire off his last two plagues.

The ninth plague was a darkness in Egypt so thick that the Egyptians could not even see each other across the room, while the Hebrews all had light in their household. The Pharaoh was weakening now. He told Moses to go ahead and take his religious leave, only leave all his cattle and sheep behind.

But Moses said no can do, because they needed the cattle to make a sacrifice to the LORD, and they needed all of it to provide a better selection. Pharaoh refused to let him take the animals, and he told Moses that he didn't want to see his face ever again. The next time they met, Moses would die. Moses said Pharaoh spoke true, he would never see the face of Moses again.

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