Pharaoh Amenhotep did not immediately recognize the divine authority of Moses and Aaron, for he was not afraid of magic. So now God told Moses that He would send upon Egypt a series of terrible punishments, the Ten Plagues, until He had broken the pride of the nation and they humbled themselves before Him.
The first plague was that of blood, in which the sacred river Nile turned to blood for seven days. The second plague was of frogs, which came out of the water and spread into every house and chamber. The third and fourth plagues were those of lice and flies, which filled the house of Pharaoh and all the houses of Egypt except for those of the Israelites.
After the third and fourth plagues there no longer could be any doubt as to the power of Moses and his divine authority. Pharaoh sent for Moses and tried to bargain with him; Moses said that the Israelites must be allowed a three day's journey into the wilderness to worship. Pharaoh agreed, but as soon as the plague of flies was removed, the royal word was broken a second time.
Now came the fifth plague-- the blight of a disease cast upon the domestic beasts so that all the cattle of the Egyptians died. The sixth was the plague of boils, which tormented all Egyptians. Despite their sufferings, Pharaoh maintained obstinate silence. A frightful storm of thunder, hail, and lightning was the seventh plague. The eighth plague was that of the locusts and the ninth plunged Egypt into a fearful darkness that blotted out all life.
The tenth and final plague was the death of the first born. After the Israelites marked their doorways with lambs' blood, they stood waiting to depart Egypt. A the stroke of midnight, in every Egyptian home throughout the land, the firstborn fell dead and one great cry sorrow wailed across the land.
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