1 Now the Lord said to Moses, "One more plague I will bring on Pharaoh and on Egypt; aafter that he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will surely drive you out from here completely. 2 "Speak now in the hearing of the people that aeach man ask from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor for articles of silver and articles of gold." 3 aThe Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. bFurthermore, the man Moses himself was greatly esteemed in the land of Egypt, both in the sight of Pharaoh's servants and in the sight of the people. 4 Moses said, "Thus says the Lord, 'About amidnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, 5 and aall the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the firstborn of the cattle as well. 6 'Moreover, there shall be aa great cry in all the land of Egypt, such as there has not been before and such as shall never be again. 7 'aBut against any of the sons of Israel a dog will not even bark, whether against man or beast, that you may understand how the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.' 8 "aAll these your servants will come down to me and bow themselves before me, saying, 'Go out, you and all the people who follow you,' and after that I will go out." bAnd he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. 9 Then the Lord said to Moses, "aPharaoh will not listen to you, so bthat My wonders will be multiplied in the land of Egypt." 10 aMoses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh; yet bthe Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the sons of Israel go out of his land.