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He replied, “Yes, and you will then certainly be among those closest to me.”
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Moses said to them, “Cast whatever you wish to cast.”
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So they cast down their ropes and staffs, saying, “By Pharaoh’s might, it is we who will surely prevail.”
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Then Moses threw down his staff, and—behold!—it devoured the objects of their illusion!
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So the magicians fell down, prostrating.
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They declared, “We ˹now˺ believe in the Lord of all worlds—
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the Lord of Moses and Aaron.”
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Pharaoh threatened, “How dare you believe in him before I give you permission? He must be your master who taught you magic, but soon you will see. I will certainly cut off your hands and feet on opposite sides, then crucify you all.”
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They responded, “˹That would be˺ no harm! Surely to our Lord we will ˹all˺ return.
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We really hope that our Lord will forgive our sins, as we are the first to believe.”
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And We inspired Moses, ˹saying,˺ “Leave with My servants at night, for you will surely be pursued.”
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Then Pharaoh sent mobilizers to all cities,
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˹and said,˺ “These ˹outcasts˺ are just a handful of people,
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who have really enraged us,
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but we are all on the alert.”
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So We lured the tyrants1 out of ˹their˺ gardens, springs,
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treasures, and splendid residences.
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So it was. And We awarded it ˹all˺ to the Children of Israel.
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And so they pursued them at sunrise.
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