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The chiefs of Pharaoh’s people said, “He is indeed a skilled magician,
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who seeks to drive you from your land.” ˹So Pharaoh asked,˺ “What do you propose?”
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They replied, “Let him and his brother wait and send mobilizers to all cities
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to bring you every clever magician.”
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The magicians came to Pharaoh, saying, “Shall we receive a ˹suitable˺ reward if we prevail?”
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He replied, “Yes, and you will certainly be among those closest to me.”
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They asked, “O Moses! Will you cast, or shall we be the first to cast?”
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Moses said, “You first.” So when they did, they deceived the eyes of the people, stunned them, and made a great display of magic.
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Then We inspired Moses, “Throw down your staff,” and—behold!—it devoured the objects of their illusion!
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So the truth prevailed and their illusions failed.
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So Pharaoh and his people were defeated right there and put to shame.
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And the magicians fell down, prostrating.
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