Exodus 11

God plans the tenth plague.
(The killing of all firstborn Egyptian children and animals)

11:1-10

11:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.

God said to Moses,
I'll bring one more plague on Egypt. After that, the Pharaoh will let you go.

11:2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver and jewels of gold.

11:3 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people.

When you leave, tell the people to steal all the Egytians' jewels, silver, and gold. [1]

11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:

11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

Moses said,

This is what God says,
About midnight I will come down to Egypt and kill every firstborn human and animal. [2]

11:6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.

There will be a cry thoughout Egypt like nothing the world has ever heard before or ever will hear again.

11:7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

11:8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.

But I won't hurt a thing among the Israelites.

I am killing the Egyptian children and animals to show that I like Israelites more than Egyptians.

11:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.

God said to Moses,
Pharaoh will not listen to you -- so that I can show off all my signs and wonders throughout Egypt. [3]

11:10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.

God hardens Pharaoh's heart one last time "so that he would not let the children of Israel go." [4]