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The Ten Plagues of Egypt-also known as the Ten Plagues, the Plagues of Egypt, or the Biblical Plagues-are described in Exodus 7-12. The plagues were ten disasters sent upon Egypt by God to convince...
A major purpose of the 10 plagues was to weaken Egypt sufficiently so that they would be unable to attack Israel in the Holy Land for many generations to come. This was made doubly certain when the Pharaoh lost his army at the parting of the Red Sea. The LORD made a permanent distinction between Egyptians and Israelites that apparently has lasted even up to today. The plagues constituted a judgment against Egypt and the Pharaoh because of their harsh oppression of the Israelites and other foreigners living in the land. God hardened Pharaoh's heart so that the plagues would be multiplied and considerably weaken Egypt much more than if the Pharaoh had been more compassionate about the slave labor performed by the Israelites and others.
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