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The Ten Plagues

The Ten Plagues

According to the Biblical story, God brought down ten plagues on Egypt. As a gesture to this Passover, we’ll write them down right here and explain each one of them. After you read them we recommend you look at how to have a Passover Seder.

Right Begore the Ten Plagues

According to the Biblical story, the Israelites immigrated to Egypt due to a lack of food in the promised land. A new Pharaoh was crowned in Egypt that saw the Jews as a potential threat. Therefore, he decided to enslave them all and kill every male son. When he dies, the Israelites beg God to save them. God here’s they’re prayers, remembers Abraham and decided to get them out of Egypt.

God tells Mozes to free Israel, and Mozes goes to Pharaoh with his brother Aaron and asks him to let his people go. God told Mozes that he’ll rain down the Ten Plagues and so he does. By the way, Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go, even after the last one, which was the hardest.

The Ten Plagues

  1. Blood – The water in the Niles river turns to blood. The fish die, the stench is gruesome. The Egyptians are forced to dig wells to find drinking water.
  2. Frogs – Millions of frogs go all over the country and get inside the houses. They eventually die, and the stench comes out of every Egyptian home.
  3. Lice – Have you ever scratched your head? Well, the entire nation of Egypt had to scratch their heads due to lice, that are getting to every one of them.
  4. Arov – Wild animals and bugs fill their homes.
  5. Pestilence – a disease that kills all of Egypt’s livestock. This is not the modern Pestilence disease, but another one that damages only the cattle.
  6. Boils or small pokes – An infectious disease that hurt the people of Egypt, too.
  7. Hail – When we think about hail, we think about ice coming down from the sky. This wasn’t just any hail; there were thunderstorms and fires consuming crops and killing everything that was left outside.
  8. Locusts – If there was any crop left, it was eaten by them.
  9. Darkness – For three full days the skies in Egypt were pitch black. No one could see anything or anyone for that time; especially not go outside.
  10. Death of the Firstborn – God tells every Israelit to mark his front door with blood, so the angel of death won’t visit their home. Unlike the Israelites, the Egyptians suffered from the mass death of every firstborn son, including the firstborn of every remaining livestock.

After the tenth plague, Pharaoh lets the Israelis go to the desert and pray for their God. When they don’t return, the Egyptians chase them and drown in the Red Sea.

From Biblical History to Film

Biblical stories tend to give artists plenty of inspiration. One of the most common modern visual art is movies; Here are several of them, from popular to least popular.

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

This is an American cartoon movie, released by DreamWorks Pictures. The plot of the story fits the Book of Exodus, but many added details weren’t in the Bible at all. Nevertheless, a lot of children watch it around the world; even in Israel.

The Ten Commandments (1956)

We know it’s old, but it’s a classic. This American drama film was created by Cecil B. DeMille and considered one of the best biblical movies of all time. It’s almost 4 hours long and consists of a lot of the original plot. Even the film site locations were in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula. It sounds like quite a unique experience.

The Ten Plagues 2
This Movie Includes Other Biblical Events

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

An action movie starring Christian Bale and many other famous Holywood stars. It had very critical responses, but the acting and the special effect were excellent.