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Exodus 7:19

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7:19 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over Egypt’s waters – over their rivers, over their canals, 1  over their ponds, and over all their reservoirs 2  – so that it becomes 3  blood.’ There will be blood everywhere in 4  the land of Egypt, even in wooden and stone containers.”

1 tn Or “irrigation rivers” of the Nile.

2 sn The Hebrew term means “gathering,” i.e., wherever they gathered or collected waters, notably cisterns and reservoirs. This would naturally lead to the inclusion of both wooden and stone vessels – down to the smallest gatherings.

3 tn The imperfect tense with vav (ו) after the imperative indicates the purpose or result: “in order that they [the waters] be[come] blood.”

4 tn Or “in all.”



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