19 ¶ The Lord then spake to Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the waters of Egypt, over their streams, over their rivers, and over their ponds, and over all pools of their waters, and they shall be [a]blood, and there shall be blood throughout the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and of stone.

20 So Moses and Aaron did even as the Lord commanded: (A)and he lift up the rod, and smote the water that was in the river in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants: and (B)all the water that was in the river, was turned into blood.

21 And the [b]fish that was in the river died, and the river stank: so that the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river: and there was blood throughout the land of Egypt.

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  1. Exodus 7:19 The first plague.
  2. Exodus 7:21 To signify that it was a true miracle, and that God plagued them in that which was most necessary for the preservation of life.

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