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In Exodus 7:14-12:51, God sends 10 plagues to Egypt.

Some resources I've found online say that these plagues were jabs at the ineffectiveness of the Egyptian gods. Basically, it was a contest of Jehovah vs. the Egyptian gods.

http://www.biblecharts.org/oldtestament/thetenplagues.pdf http://www.stat.rice.edu/~dobelman/Dinotech/10_Eqyptian_gods_10_Plagues.pdf https://owlcation.com/humanities/Ten-Plagues-For-Ten-Gods

With or without those sources, is it correct or even accurate to say that? The original text itself does not seem to hint at this at all. This exegesis seems to have been inferred years after these events happened.

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    Not sure if you noticed, but @oldhermit has answered your question pretty efficiently using only the text. Are you looking for more explanation? – el_maiz Apr 28 at 0:46
  • I just saw it now. – Philip Apr 28 at 2:20
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Exodus 12:12-13

"For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against ALL the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt."

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  • Why has this apparently pertinent answer been downvoted ? – Lucian Apr 27 at 13:18
  • LOL. I have no Idea. But if anyone is not willing to accept the evidence of scripture, I am afraid there is nothing I can say that will convince them so, I just left it alone. – oldhermit Apr 27 at 13:41
  • Thanks for the answer, @oldhermit! But wasn't that said in preparation for the Passover and, therefore, applicable only during that present time, not before? Also, I meant the 10 plagues as a whole, not the 10th plague. – Philip Apr 28 at 2:19
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    That is true but the Lord is quite clear that this judgment was against ALL the gods of Egypt. Each plague similarly targeted the gods of Egypt. – oldhermit Apr 28 at 2:26
  • In support of the interpretation that the "judgment" includes the ten plagues as a whole and not just to the tenth, consider two other factors: (1) The Hebrew word for "judgment" is plural, שְׁפָטִים (shefatim), literally "judgments". (2) The word occurs twice previously—Ex 6:6 and 7:4—and in both occurrences it precedes all the plagues. Perhaps the statement is made here because the tenth plague finalizes the judgments against the Egyptian deities by bringing the Israelites out of Egypt and thus demonstrates that Israel's deity is Yhwh (cf. 7:5). – Ryan Stephen Apr 30 at 22:30

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