Exodus 8

The second plague: Frogs
8:1-15

8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

8:2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:

God said to Moses,

Go to the Pharaoh and say to him, This is what God says,

Let my people go, so they can serve me.

If you refuse to let them go, I will smite your land with frogs.

8:3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs:

8:4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.

Frogs will come into your house, your bed, your people, and your ovens.

8:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt.

Before Pharoah responded to God's frog threat, Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters, and frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt.

8:6 And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.

8:7 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.

After Aaron brought frogs up all over Egypt, the Pharaoh's magicians did the exact same thing. [1]

8:8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat 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 do sacrifice unto the LORD.

Then the Pharaoh said to Aaron and Moses,
If you ask God to get rid of the frogs, I'll let the people go sacrifice to him.

8:9 And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?

Moses said to him,
When would you like me to ask God to kill the frogs in your houses (but keep them in the river)?

8:10 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God.

8:11 And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.

Pharaoh said,"Tomorrow."

Moses said,

OK. I'll ask him tomorrow.

If God can remove the frogs then you'll know there's nobody else like him.

The frogs will get out of your houses and be in the river only.

8:12 And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the LORD because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh.

8:13 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields.

So Moses cried to God about the frogs.

And God killed the frogs in the houses, farms, and among the people, keeping them alive only in the river.

8:14 And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank.

After God killed the frogs, their bodies were gathered together into piles, and the land stank.

8:15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

But the Pharaoh hardened his heart (just like God said he would).
Who hardened the Pharaoh's heart?

The third plague: Lice
8:16-19

8:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

God said to Moses,
Tell Aaron to smite the dust with his rod to create lice everywhere in Egypt.

8:17 And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote 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.

So Aaron smote the dust with his rod, and the dust became lice in man and beast throughout Egypt.

8:18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.

Pharaoh's magicians tried, but couldn't create lice with their enchantments. [2]

8:19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

So they said to the Pharaoh,

This is the finger of God.

What the Bible says about God's finger

The fourth plague: Flies
8:20-32

8:20 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

God said to Moses,
Get up early tomorrow and say to the Pharaoh,
Let my people go, so they can serve me.

8:21 Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.

Or I'll send swarms of flies on you, your people, your houses, and the ground.

8:22 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 thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.

8:23 And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.

(Except in the land of Goshen, where my people live. There won't be any flies there.

I discriminate between my people and everyone else. That way everyone will know that I am God.)

8:24 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.

So God sent flies on everyone in Egypt. The whole land was corrupted because of the flies.

8:25 And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.

8:26 And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?

The Pharaoh called Moses and said to him,
Go, sacrifice to you God.

8:27 We will go three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us.

Moses said to him,
No we can't do that. Our sacrifices are offensive to your people and they would stone us to death.

8:28 And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me.

Pharaoh said,

Okay. I'll let you go sacrifice to your God in the wilderness.

But don't go far away. And pray for me.

8:29 And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.

Moses said,

I'll go away from you tomorrow and ask God to remove the flies.

But don't change your mind and refuse to let us go.

8:30 And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the LORD.

So Moses asked God to remove the flies.

8:31 And 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.

And God removed every last fly from Egypt.

8:32 And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.

But the Pharaoh hardened his heart and wouldn't let the people go.

Who hardened the Pharaoh's heart?