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The Ten Plagues of Egypt

” וְיָדְעוּ מִצְרַיִם כִּי-אֲנִי יְהוָה, בִּנְטֹתִי אֶת-יָדִי עַל-מִצְרָיִם; וְהוֹצֵאתִי אֶת-בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, מִתּוֹכָם.”

“And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth my hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.”(Exodus 7:5)

The 10 Plagues of Egypt are the ten calamities imposed upon Egypt by G-d, to convince Pharaoh to let the Israelite slave to go.


However, According to the Bible the actual reason for the plagues appears to be Pharaoh’s response to Moses’s request that the Hebrews be released:

” וַיֹּאמֶר פַּרְעֹה–מִי יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר אֶשְׁמַע בְּקֹלוֹ, לְשַׁלַּח אֶת-יִשְׂרָאֵל:  לֹא יָדַעְתִּי אֶת-יְהוָה, וְגַם אֶת-יִשְׂרָאֵל לֹא אֲשַׁלֵּחַ.”

And Pharaoh said: ‘Who is the LORD that I should hearken unto His voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, and moreover I will not let Israel go.”(Exodus 5:2)

The 10 Biblical Plagues are:

1. Blood. (Dam)

2. Frogs (Tsifardeah)

3. Lice (Kinim)

4. Gnats and flies (Arov)

5. Disease on livestock (Dever)

6. Unhealable boils (Shkhin)

7. Hail and thunder (Barad)

8. Locusts (Arbeh)

9. Darkness (Choshech)

10. Death of the first-born of all humans and animals. (Makat b’chorot)

If we take a closer look at the list, we can see that the first 3 plagues are the most minor plagues, but has Pharaoh refused to release the Hebrews, G-d sent worst, and much more painful, plagues upon Egypt.


Although G-d permitted the people of Israel to face the first three plagues (blood, frogs, and lice), he exempted them as the plagues worsened.

One might wonder whether the Plagues were necessary or maybe this punishment was too hurtful.

Without a doubt, there isn’t one truth.

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6 Responses to The Ten Plagues of Egypt

  1. Mark Valentine says:

    it seems if G-d thought 10 plagues was needed
    , with all due respect, 10 was completely needed, with repect to G-d. :)

  2. Hitch says:

    “One might wonder whether the Plagues were necessary or maybe this punishment was too hurtful.”

    Really? Why?
    Decades if not more than a century of slavery, gratuitous murdering of Hebrew children mean anything to ya?

    They were being treated with incredible mercy seeing as they could have received no offers at all from God, for all their crimes against humanity.

    “Without a doubt, there isn’t one truth.”
    Really? Is that the one truth?

    Relativism is self-refuting since if relatvism is true it can’t be true.
    If all truth is relative then nothing is true.

    We don’t need not so subtle touches of postmodern relativism where scripture is concerned in these lessons.

  3. Luis Enrique Antolín says:

    It depends on the way this text is read,if read as a very historical chronicle or or,otherwise,as a text where the most important lays much more on its teaching than on actual history.In this case,the ten plagues must be understood,above all,as God showing His will and deterimination in order to act as Israel’s Saviour and also in order to ddemonstrate that Him,and no one else out of Him,is the true and only Lord.

  4. kathy fugere says:

    does it not make people afraid of him aND GET TO FOLLOW OUT OF FEAR NAD NOT OUT OF LOYALTY AND LOVE

  5. kathy fugere says:

    If people were made in the image of God then if he kills does that not say that man did like God when he is mad. When he defends is family does that not say also that man follows God’s way of doing things. So is it possible that this is where sin came from and not from the apple eating section

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