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The Creation Genesis 1:1-2:7
Adam and Eve Genesis 2:8-3:24
Cain and Abel Genesis 4:1-16
The Great Flood Genesis 6:1-9:17
The Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-9
God Calls Abraham Genesis 12:1-9
Sodom and Gomorrah Genesis 18:16-19:29
Abraham's Obedience Genesis 22:1-19
Isaac Marries Rebekah Genesis 24:1-67
Esau's Birthright Genesis 25:19-34
Isaac Blesses Jacob Genesis 27:1-40
Jacob and Laban Genesis 29:1-31:55
Jacob Wrestles Genesis 32:1-33:20
Revenge against Shechem Genesis 34:1-31; Genesis 49:5-7
Joseph Sold into Slavery Genesis 37:1-36
Judah and Tamar Genesis 38:1-30
Joseph in Prison Genesis 39:1-40:23
Joseph As a Ruler Genesis 41:1-57
Family Reunion Genesis 42-45; Genesis 46:28-30
Moses' Birth Exodus 1:1-2:10
The Burning Bush Exodus 3:1-22
The Ten Plagues Exodus 7:14-12:30
The Exodus Exodus 12:31-51
The Red Sea Exodus 14:5-31
The Golden Calf Exodus 32:1-29
Exploring the Land Numbers 13:1-14:38
Rebellion in the Ranks Numbers 16:1-17:13
Balak and Balaam Numbers 22:1-24:25
Rahab and the Spies Joshua 2:1-24
Jericho Falls Joshua 6:1-27
Gibeon's Con Artists Joshua 9:1-27
Deborah and Barak Judges 4:1-24
Gideon as Judge Judges 6:1-7:25
Abimelech's Ambition Judges 9:1-57
Samson as Judge Judges 13:1-16:31
Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz Ruth 1:1-4:22
Samuel Is Born 1 Samuel 1:1-28
Samuel the Prophet 1 Samuel 3:1-4:22
Saul Becomes King 1 Samuel 9:1-10:27
Jonathan's Bravery 1 Samuel 14:1-46
Saul's Disobedience 1 Samuel 15:1-35
David Kills Goliath 1 Samuel 17:1-51
David and Jonathan 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 1 Samuel 20:1-42
Nabal and Abigail 1 Samuel 25:1-44
Saul's Death 1 Samuel 28:1-25; 1 Samuel 30:1-13
David's Success 2 Samuel 5:1-6:23
David and Bathsheba 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25
Amnon and Tamar 2 Samuel 13:1-22
Absalom 2 Samuel 13:23-19:8
Solomon's Wisdom 1 Kings 3:1-28
Jeroboam and Rehoboam 1 Kings 11:26-14:31
Elijah's Challenge 1 Kings 17:1-18:46
God Speaks to Elijah 1 Kings 19:1-21
Micaiah the Prophet 1 Kings 22:1-40
Chariot of Fire 2 Kings 1:1-2:25
Elisha Heals Naaman 2 Kings 5:1-27
Famine and Unbelief 2 Kings 6:24-7:20
Joash and Jehoiada 2 Kings 11:1-21
Hezekiah Trusts God 2 Kings 18:13-19:37
Josiah's Reign 2 Kings 22:1-23:30
Fall of Jerusalem 2 Kings 24:18-25:30
David's Power 1 Chronicles 11:1-25
David's Census 1 Chronicles 21:1-22:1
Jehoshaphat and Ahab 2 Chronicles 18:1-19:11
Ezra Rebuilds the Altar Ezra 3:1-13
Nehemiah Builds the Wall Nehemiah 2:1-20
Enemy Opposition Nehemiah 4:1-23
Nehemiah's Justice Nehemiah 5:1-19
Esther Saves the Jews Esther 1:1-10:3
Job Is Tested Job 1:1-22
Ezekiel's Vision Ezekiel 37:1-14
The Fiery Furnance Daniel 3:1-30
The Lions' Den Daniel 6:1-28
Jonah Jonah 1:1-4:11
Jesus Is Born Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-40
Wise Men and King Herod Matthew 2:1-23
Jesus Is Tempted Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13
Jesus Feeds 5,000 Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15
The Bread of Life John 6:1-71
Jesus Walks on Water Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-21
The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
The Lost Son Luke 15:1-32
Jesus Raises Lazarus John 11:1-44
Jesus and Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10
The Triumphal Entry Matthew 21:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19
The Last Supper Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:1-30
Jesus' Trial Matthew 26:47-27:31
Jesus' Crucifixion Matthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-42
Jesus' Resurrection Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-14; Luke 24:1-34; John 20:1-10
Jesus' Ascension Luke 24:35-53; Acts 1:6-11
The Holy Spirit Comes Acts 2:1-47
The Apostles' Courage Acts 4:1-31
Ananias and Sapphira Acts 5:1-11
Philip and the Eunich Acts 8:26-40
Saul Encounters Jesus Acts 9:1-19
Peter and Cornelius Acts 10:1-11:18
Paul in Corinth Acts 18:1-28
Paul in Ephesus Acts 19:1-41
The Ten Plagues
Exodus 7:14-12:30

Exodus 8

A Plague of Frogs
1 *Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go back to Pharaoh and announce to him, 'This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.2 If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs across your entire land.3 The Nile River will swarm with frogs. They will come up out of the river and into your palace, even into your bedroom and onto your bed! They will enter the houses of your officials and your people. They will even jump into your ovens and your kneading bowls.4 Frogs will jump on you, your people, and all your officials.'"
  5 *Then the LORD said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Raise the staff in your hand over all the rivers, canals, and ponds of Egypt, and bring up frogs over all the land.'"6 So Aaron raised his hand over the waters of Egypt, and frogs came up and covered the whole land!7 But the magicians were able to do the same thing with their magic. They, too, caused frogs to come up on the land of Egypt.
  8 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and begged, "Plead with the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people. I will let your people go, so they can offer sacrifices to the LORD."
  9 "You set the time!" Moses replied. "Tell me when you want me to pray for you, your officials, and your people. Then you and your houses will be rid of the frogs. They will remain only in the Nile River."
  10 "Do it tomorrow," Pharaoh said.
  "All right," Moses replied, "it will be as you have said. Then you will know that there is no one like the LORD our God.11 The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials, and your people. They will remain only in the Nile River."
  12 So Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh's palace, and Moses cried out to the LORD about the frogs he had inflicted on Pharaoh.13 And the LORD did just what Moses had predicted. The frogs in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields all died.14 The Egyptians piled them into great heaps, and a terrible stench filled the land.15 But when Pharaoh saw that relief had come, he became stubborn.* He refused to listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had predicted.

A Plague of Gnats
16 So the LORD said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Raise your staff and strike the ground. The dust will turn into swarms of gnats throughout the land of Egypt.'"17 So Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded them. When Aaron raised his hand and struck the ground with his staff, gnats infested the entire land, covering the Egyptians and their animals. All the dust in the land of Egypt turned into gnats.18 Pharaoh's magicians tried to do the same thing with their secret arts, but this time they failed. And the gnats covered everyone, people and animals alike.
  19 "This is the finger of God!" the magicians exclaimed to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh's heart remained hard. He wouldn't listen to them, just as the LORD had predicted.

A Plague of Flies
20 Then the LORD told Moses, "Get up early in the morning and stand in Pharaoh's way as he goes down to the river. Say to him, 'This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.21 If you refuse, then I will send swarms of flies on you, your officials, your people, and all the houses. The Egyptian homes will be filled with flies, and the ground will be covered with them.22 But this time I will spare the region of Goshen, where my people live. No flies will be found there. Then you will know that I am the LORD and that I am present even in the heart of your land.23 I will make a clear distinction between* my people and your people. This miraculous sign will happen tomorrow.'"
  24 And the LORD did just as he had said. A thick swarm of flies filled Pharaoh's palace and the houses of his officials. The whole land of Egypt was thrown into chaos by the flies.
  25 Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron. "All right! Go ahead and offer sacrifices to your God," he said. "But do it here in this land."
  26 But Moses replied, "That wouldn't be right. The Egyptians detest the sacrifices that we offer to the LORD our God. Look, if we offer our sacrifices here where the Egyptians can see us, they will stone us.27 We must take a three-day trip into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, just as he has commanded us."
  28 "All right, go ahead," Pharaoh replied. "I will let you go into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD your God. But don't go too far away. Now hurry and pray for me."
  29 Moses answered, "As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the LORD, and tomorrow the swarms of flies will disappear from you and your officials and all your people. But I am warning you, Pharaoh, don't lie to us again and refuse to let the people go to sacrifice to the LORD."
  30 So Moses left Pharaoh's palace and pleaded with the LORD to remove all the flies.31 And the LORD did as Moses asked and caused the swarms of flies to disappear from Pharaoh, his officials, and his people. Not a single fly remained.32 But Pharaoh again became stubborn and refused to let the people go.

Footnotes:

8:1 Verses 8:1-4 are numbered 7:26-29 in Hebrew text.
8:5 Verses 8:5-32 are numbered 8:1-28 in Hebrew text.
8:15 Hebrew made his heart heavy; also in 8:32.
8:23 As in Greek and Latin versions; Hebrew reads I will set redemption between.
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