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How can that be a ‘favour,’ of which you remind me, when ˹it was only because˺ you ˹have˺ enslaved the Children of Israel?”
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Pharaoh asked, “And what is ‘the Lord of all worlds’?”
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Moses replied, “˹He is˺ the Lord of the heavens and the earth and everything in between, if only you had sure faith.”
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Pharaoh said to those around him, “Did you hear ˹what he said˺?”
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Moses added, “˹He is˺ your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers.”
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Pharaoh said ˹mockingly˺, “Your messenger, who has been sent to you, must be insane.”
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Moses responded: “˹He is˺ the Lord of the east and west, and everything in between, if only you had any sense.”
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Pharaoh threatened, “If you take any other god besides me, I will certainly have you imprisoned.”
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Moses responded, “Even if I bring you a clear proof?”
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Pharaoh demanded, “Bring it then, if what you say is true.”
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So he threw down his staff and—behold!—it became a real snake.
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