08-Frogs, Lice, Flies

Plagues 2-4

Seven days were fulfilled, after that the Lord turned the river to blood. (Exodus 7:25)

Frogs:

The Lord (to Moses): Go to Pharaoh, and say to him, the Lord says this, Let my people go, that they may serve me. And if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all your borders with frogs. And the river will bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into your house, and into your bedchamber, and on your bed, and into the house of your servants, and on your people, and into your ovens, and into your kneading troughs. And the frogs shall come up both on you and on your people and on all your servants.

The Lord (continued): Say to Aaron, Stretch forth your hand with your rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up on the land of Egypt.

And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt. And the magicians brought up frogs on the land of Egypt with their enchantments.

Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron.

Pharaoh: Entreat the Lord, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may make sacrifice to the Lord.

Moses: Command me. When shall I entreat the Lord for you, and for your servants, and for your people, to destroy the frogs from you and your houses, that they may remain in the river only?

Pharaoh: Tomorrow.

Note: I heard a preacher say Pharaoh’s wife had to be pretty mad when he told her he was able to choose when the frogs would be gone, and he said tomorrow. Why didn’t he say TODAY or IMMEDIATELY?

Moses: Be it according to your word: that you may know that there is none like the Lord our God. And the frogs shall depart from you, and from your houses, and from your servants, and from your people; they shall remain in the river only.

And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh.

Moses cried to the Lord because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh.

The Lord did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, the villages and the fields. And the Egyptians gathered the frogs together in heaps: and the land stank.

But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and did not listen to Moses and Aaron; as the Lord had said.

Lice:

The Lord (to Moses): Say to Aaron, Stretch out your rod and strike the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod and struck the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man and in beast. All the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

And the magicians tried to bring forth lice with their enchantments, but they could not. So there were lice on man and beast.

Note: This is the first plague the magicians could not duplicate.

The magicians (to Pharaoh): This is the finger of God.

Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to Moses and Aaron; as the Lord had said.

Flies:

The Lord (to Moses): Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh. He comes to the water; and say to him, the Lord says this, Let my people go, that they may serve me. Else, if you will not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you, and on your servants, and on your people, and into your houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground where they are. And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth. And I will put a division between my people and your people: tomorrow shall this sign be.

And the Lord did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt. The land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.

And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron.

Pharaoh: Sacrifice to your God in the land.

Note: Pharaoh was saying, sacrifice here in Egypt. Don’t travel away.

Moses: It is not appropriate to do so; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the Lord our God. Shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us? We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the Lord our God, as he shall command us.

Pharaoh: I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only you shall not go very far away. Entreat for me.

Moses: I go out from you, and I will entreat the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, tomorrow: but do not let Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.

Moses went out from Pharaoh, and entreated the Lord.

The Lord did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people. There remained not one fly.

Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also and would not let the people go.

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