The Third Plague: Lice

16 So the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your rod, and strike the dust of the land, so that it may become [a]lice throughout all the land of Egypt.’ ” 17 And they did so. For Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod and struck the dust of the earth, and (A)it became lice on man and beast. All the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

18 Now (B)the magicians so worked with their [b]enchantments to bring forth lice, but they (C)could not. So there were lice on man and beast. 19 Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is (D)the[c] finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s (E)heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 8:16 gnats
  2. Exodus 8:18 secret arts
  3. Exodus 8:19 An act of God