The Ten Plagues

Trinity Frederick, reporter

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Moses and his brother when to the Pharaoh and asked to release the Israelites.  Pharaoh said, “No, I will not release  the Israelites” then he hardened his heart. Since Pharaoh said no, Moses demonstrated God’s power by turning Aaron’s staff into a snake. Pharaoh called his magicians, and they turned their staff into snakes.  Then Aaron’s snake ate the magicians snakes.

The Egyptians received their first punishment, which was turning all water to blood.  Pharaoh’s magicians also turned buckets of water into blood, then, all the fish in the water died. Because, of the blood, the land had a terrible odor.  The Egyptians had to dig wells new to access water.  Although God brought the plagues, the Egyptians believed that Hapi, the god of the Nile, brought this upon  them because he was mad.

Soon the whole country was covered in frogs.  Frogs were everywhere in houses, beds, and kitchens.  Moses went to Pharaoh and let him decide when the frog should leave.  Pharaoh said, “ I want them gone by tomorrow” .  All the frogs died.  Since the frogs are all dead, the people of Egypt put them in piles.  The Egyptians believed that Heka, the god of fertility, brought the frogs out of madness.

Even though Pharaoh asked his magicians to turn the dust to gnats like Moses did, they failed to do so.  The people of Egypt thought that Geb, the god of earth, brought plague 3.

After the gnats  came, swarms of flies appeared.  Flies swarmed all creatures.  Pharaoh promised to let the Israelites worship, then the flies left.  After the flies left, Pharaoh changed his mind. Egyptians believed that Kepier,  a god with a fly head was responsible for this plague.

The death of livestock came next.  Israelite’s livestock remained unharmed, but all Egyptian livestock died. Egyptians believed that Apis, the sacred bull was responsible for this because he was mad at the people of Egypt for something unknown.

Next, all Egyptians got boils.  Both man and beast grew boils.  They  brought major pain and agony. Moses took ashes for a furnace and sprinkled toward heaven and all the boils disappeared.  Although Pharaoh’s people believed Imhotep, Thouth, and Isis brought this, they did not.

As Moses went to Pharaoh,  he asked to release the Israelites. Again Pharaoh said no.  He warned him how bad it would be, but Pharaoh  still refused.  Once the hail came, it killed  most trees and herbs, they blamed Nut.  

Moses asked to release his people but pharaoh said no again.  The ground soon was covered with locust so thick the ground looked black.  Since there was now locusts they needed to eat so they ate all of the crops.  Then the locusts floated away in the water.  After the locusts left, the Egyptians blamed Seth.

The 9th plague was darkness that lasted 3 days.  Moses asked  to release his people Pharaoh said “No”.  Darkness came and people said that you could see nothing, not even your hand.  Since the Egyptians believed in gods, they thought RA, the sun god was mad at them he brought this.  Seven days passed.

  The tenth plague was finally here. All Egyptians first born shall die. If the Israelites followed all of the following requirements their first born shall not die: Before anything  the Israelites must retrieve a lamb from a sheep or goat.  The Lamb must be one year old.  This lamb must be raised from the 10th -14th.  On the 14th at twilight the lamb was to be slaughtered.  After the lamb was slaughtered its blood was smeared along the top and sides of the door frame on their house. Once the previous steps were done, the lamb must be eaten with their cloak tucked into belt, sandals on feet, and staff in their hand and the lamb must be eaten quickly.  The lamb must be eaten with bread made without yeast.  If there were leftovers they were to be burned.  Then, if all requirements were not met the first born in that family shall die.  The Egyptians believed that Pharaoh brought this upon them. 

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