[7:103] After (those messengers,) we sent Moses with our signs to Pharaoh and his people, but they transgressed. Note the consequences for the wicked.
[7:104] Moses said, “O Pharaoh, I am a messenger from the Lord of the universe.
[7:105] “It is incumbent upon me that I do not say about GOD except the truth. I come to you with a sign from your Lord; let the Children of Israel go.”
[7:106] He said, “If you have a sign, then produce it, if you are truthful.”
[7:107] He threw down his staff, and it turned into a tremendous serpent.
[7:108] He took out his hand, and it was white to the beholders.
[7:109] The leaders among Pharaoh’s people said, “This is no more than a clever magician.
[7:110] “He wants to take you out of your land; what do you recommend?”
[7:111] They said, “Respite him and his brother, and send summoners to every city.
[7:112] “Let them summon every experienced magician.”
[7:113] The magicians came to Pharaoh and said, “Do we get paid if we are the winners?”
[7:114] He said, “Yes indeed; you will even become close to me.”
[7:115] They said, “O Moses, either you throw, or we are throwing.”
[7:116] He said, “You throw.” When they threw, they tricked the people’s eyes, intimidated them, and produced a great magic.
[7:117] We then inspired Moses: “Throw down your staff,” whereupon it swallowed whatever they fabricated.