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Exodus 8:16 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, that it may become gnats through all the land of Egypt.'"

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      Ex 8:16-19. PLAGUE OF LICE.

      16. smite the dust of the land, &c.--Aaron's rod, by the direction of Moses, who was commanded by God, was again raised, and the land was filled with gnats, mosquitoes--that is the proper meaning of the original term. In ordinary circumstances they embitter life in Eastern countries, and therefore the terrible nature of this infliction on Egypt may be imagined when no precautions could preserve from their painful sting. The very smallness and insignificance of these fierce insects made them a dreadful scourge. The magicians never attempted any imitation, and what neither the blood of the river nor the nuisance of the frogs had done, the visitation of this tiny enemy constrained them to acknowledge "this is the finger of God"--properly "gods," for they spoke as heathens.


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Exodus 8 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: The LORD sends plagues of frogs, lice, and flies upon the Egyptians, Pharaoh says he will let Israel go to sacrifice, The plaque was stopped, Pharaoh hardens his heart.

1 Frogs are sent
8 Pharaoh asks Moses to entreat the Lord for their removal
12 Moses' prayer answered
16 The dust is turned into lice, which the magicians could not do
20 The swarms of flies
25 Pharaoh inclines to let the people go
32 but again is hardened.

Ancient Customs
thy borders
the river
abomination of the Egyptians

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Map of the Nile River
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Painting of the Ancient Nile River by Roberts
Painting of the Ancient Nile River by Roberts

Ancient Topics
only ye shall not go very far away

Ancient People
God, Moses, Pharaoh, Aaron
children of Israel

thy borders
the land of Goshen
three days' journey into the wilderness

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The Exodus of the Hebrews

Mount Horeb

The Red Sea

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Exodus Resources

Moses and the Exodus
The Giving of the Law
The Tabernacle
The Wilderness Wanderings